'the aid' by egle ugintaite 'FUJITSU design award 2011' grand prize
'the aid' by egle ugintaite   'FUJITSU design award 2011' grand prize 'the aid' by egle ugintaite   'FUJITSU design award 2011' grand prize
may 20, 2011

'the aid' by egle ugintaite 'FUJITSU design award 2011' grand prize

‘the aid’ by egle ugintaite

with ‘the aid’, a cane that provides mobile navigation and health management services, users who have difficulty leaving their homes can become active members of society.  this design takes into consideration how ICT devices can be useful in users’ daily lives and deploys services that are integrated with social infrastructure.

‘the aid’ by egle ugintaite from lithuania has received the FUJITSU grand prize – the winning entry from our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with FUJITSU. and DA – design association japan.

designer’s own words ‘the aid’ is mainly dedicated to help elderly people, or people after trauma who often have a lack of confidence to step outside their house, causing isolation, depression… ‘the aid’ is designed to be a real ‘helping hand’: to guide and prevent one from being lost, providing a feeling of security, allowing one to receive immediate help if they need it, and, of course physical support, as a walking cane. an integrated navigator, which works as a service + health device (pulse, blood pressure temperature) features measuring sensors along with an SOS button, which, by pressing it when help is needed, contacts the help center and sends the user’s current health data and location to provide immediate and qualified help. the object is simple to use (2 buttons only), but at the same time smart.

1 – soft component that comes in contact with the user’s arm 2 – sensors on the interior space monitor pulse, blood pressure, body temperature 3 – on the outside of the clasp an LCD screen displays health data 4 – SOS button 5 – cancel button (if SOS button has been pressed by accident)

SOS button

navigator, SOS button, health monitoring, cane, physical assistance.

integrated sensors

there are sensors in the wrist zone, which are constantly in contact with blood vessels. the monitor displays health data (pulse, blood pressure, temperature).

a headphone is used to receive directions on how to reach all necessary info.

service scenario

jury members (from left to right): ross lovegrove, birgit lohmann of designboom, gwenael nicolas (curiosity), toshiyuki inoko, ma yansong (MAD architects) and nobuo otani, corporate senior vice resident Fujitsu, kimitaka kato, Fujitsu design president (without photo).

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  • heart of aid is our general manner and promise, like do right thing. noone says it’s bad.
    but Is this hi-tech cane realy something effective or innovetive to real society?
    why it can’t be a watch? more flexible and compact for everyone need aid. but It,s already in the market.

    androaid says:
  • agree with androaid, I admir what this effort trys to drive our technology toward though. congrat!
    just abit fissy concept included btw, like the SOS cancel?? and the headphone, which will create confusion and problems.

    j says:
  • Wonderful, great idea.
    A few modifications I would like to see –
    do not like the readings on the outside of the arm / hand rest, should be mirrored to the body side
    the cancel button should also be on the body side slightly below the surface so that it could not be pressed by accident or should be a press touch screen
    the ear piece would suit younger people however
    older people are often “hard of hearing” but their visual sense is usually better
    thank you for the good idea

    jamonbread says:
  • Good idea,

    but there are big problems in ergonomics.
    Hand position and how to press the button are wrong.
    Moreover, in case of a heart attack is almost impossible to use the affected arm to press a button.
    Then the arm lace may cause fractures in a fall.

    But the idea is good.

    Diego Amadei says:
  • Congrats !
    I agree with “androaid” that a hi- tech cane if it serves the purpose, it would still address a very specific user segment – especially old age. That’s the reason why I had made a wrist based device which address the same problem at all levels – its unobtrusive and can be carried around wherever one goes, from toilets to trams.
    What is disappointing is my hunch ” that a fancy presentation would always catch attention” and in most cases it’s true.
    Have uploaded my entry on to this site, please have a look and let me know if my words are justifiable.

    servo says:
  • I think the one thing that makes me question this entry is if it was really made for the competition or if it is a recycled school work… I wonder because of the full scale model… And in the rules they are very specific about it, it must be an original work made FOR the competition…

    Pity says:
  • @ Pity

    Actually, the is no rule of THIS competition saying that the work couldn’t been done earlier… It just shouldn’t have been published in any other competitions or realeased as a product in Japan or overseas… So don’t make your own rules and don’t feel ofended, because there is no reason for that…

    Good luck in other competitions and congrats to the winner!

    Just.. says:
  • @ Pity

    all models are made buy fujitsu after the winners where selcted 2 weeks before the final cermoney. The Fujistu designers made the 3D models from the winners data….so please stop
    wrong comments without knowing any inside informations…

    stay behind says:
  • Great! But I think that the angle in the wrist its wrong because it can aggravate some disases like parkinson or arteriosclerosis…

    Student says:
  • *** pity

    you say too much.


    you can not say Just stay behind as db editor.

    stay cool.

    Congrats . not so bad.
    but I think when grandpa tumble down bound hand with cane is problem ,it will make new trouble and big danger. no ?

    But totaly hi level competition.

    don't hit the Jacky Chen says:
  • @Stay behind…
    Well, they sure did the full scale model and presentation quite fast… But if it wasn´t in the rules, fine by me.

    Pity says:

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