Navigation Links
Tecnalia develops a flexible system for resting for people with reduced mobility
Date:3/30/2012

TECNALIA Research & Innovation has participated in the Flexidesc project by specifying a furnishing concept in which design, space management and user interaction are combined to devise a home that is accessible and adapted to anyone with reduced mobility.

That way, users can avoid having to move out of their homes owing to physical limitations. In the development of this project Tecnalia has worked with the company SELLEX and the Matia Institute for Gerontology INGEMA.

The space needed for a person in a wheelchair to move around has been analysed, and a new range of flexible products that maximize the space available in the home have been developed. That way, the person's basic storage and rest needs can be resolved without reducing the space needed for him or her to move around. Throughout the design and development process, and obviously in the testing and validation phase, the involvement of the end users has been constant. This presence guarantees compliance with all the requirements and the true usefulness of the furniture designed.

The needs analysis has set out to design totally innovative systems for storage and rest in which each element can be moved or stowed away, thus contributing towards the increase in the space available to the user. This project has succeeded in "freeing up" space in the bedroom to facilitate the moving around of disabled people by means of folding or sliding furniture. Therefore, the minimum surface needed to move around freely inside the bedroom is considerably less, and this offers a considerable degree of flexibility in the adaptation of private homes as well as of hotels and residential homes. Moving the furniture does not require any effort on the part of the user, since electro-mechanical drive systems have been incorporated into the furniture so that the user can carry out the necessary actions by means of a remote-controlled device.

The final result is a flexible system for rest and storage that satisfactorily meets the users' needs, while complying with the criteria existing on global accessibility set out by the UNE 170001-2 standard, and allowing easy, comfortable access for people with reduced mobility.

Tests on the bed and cupboard were carried out with end users. Among the users who tested the product were people with motor functional impairment from the Matia Foundation's IZA centre who use wheelchairs to get around. As regards the bed, the participants remarked that they found it easy or very easy to operate. The participants also felt that the fact that the bed was a folding, articulated one was very useful. As regards the cupboard, the participants felt that the fact that it could be raised and lowered was very useful. In short, the participants in the pilot tests indicated that Flexidesc furniture was a good system for saving space.


'/>"/>
Contact: Irati Kortabitarte
i.kortabitarte@elhuyar.com
34-943-363-040
Elhuyar Fundazioa
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Tecnalia develops environment-friendly and health-friendly pest control products
2. Personal Best Develops Workplace Weight Loss Program
3. M. D. Anderson develops tool to measure severity of chronic graft-vs.-host disease symptoms
4. UD team develops new method for producing proteins critical to medical research
5. UMass Memorial health care develops fully integrated EMR
6. How, When Child Develops Autism May Determine Outcomes
7. Military develops multi-purpose green decontaminants for terrorist attack sites
8. Olympus develops worlds fastest, most compatible endoscope reprocessor
9. Brain Develops Differently in Fragile X Syndrome
10. Team led by LA BioMed scientist develops novel approach to study neurological disorders
11. UCLA develops combat casualty care educational program for US armed forces
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tecnalia develops a flexible system for resting for people with reduced mobility
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating ... many ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts who ... of The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click here ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is ... herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... discuss health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, ... their work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures ... . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems ... "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices and ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply ... Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s ... strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: