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Dexterity – Case studies

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Milkman

The design team worked with people with rheumatoid arthritis to develop a new concept to make the standard milk carton easier to open and use.

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Kettlesense

A rethink of how you boil a kettle and make a cup of tea so that such a task become safer for people with dexterity problems.

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Handle with care

A project to inclusively design a cup and holder to make it easier to handle hot drinks on the move.

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Factory Wares

People with severe arthritis advised the design team during a project to develop a better, safer, easier-to-use saucepan for everyone.

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Clevername

A project to rethink the standard sticking plaster and its packaging to enable one-handed use.

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Houdini

A project to develop a lightweight, inclusive fire extinguisher for home use that is portable and easy to handle.

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Lugga

The design team developed a simple device for older shoppers that redistributes the load of the shopping bag away from the hands and wrists.

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Divide Equally

This project designed a series of tools to help people handle, prepare, serve and store the correct amounts of food.

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MPowerstyx

A concept for a computer mouse based on the action of using chopsticks, derived from the study of two brothers with dexterity problems caused by MPS.

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MyMag

A project to devise a stylish clothing system utilising magnets that makes getting dressed easier for people with limited dexterity and upper body strength.

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Unlimited

The team developed a device to help people with severe rheumatoid arthritis to turn keys and open bottles.

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Bella’mbrella

A rethink of the design of the umbrella to make it easier for people with rheumatoid arthritis to use.

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Spiro Condom

A project to improve the intimate experience of using a condom for people with limited dexterity.

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Power to the people

A commercially successful project to redesign power tools for the home to make them easier to use for older people with reduced dexterity.

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Opening Up

This research programme set out to redesign Waitrose food packaging to make it easier for older people to access.

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Safe and sensual

A project to explore ways to improve the showering experience for older people, focusing on using taps and other controls.

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Green and pleasant

The designer worked with a group of older gardeners in Somerset, UK, to explore the design of garden power tools that would improve grip and performance.

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Housemate

This project developed an easy-to-use, cordless vacuum cleaner with a cleaning wand, based on research with disabled people.

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