Serving the needs of sick or disabled people with Digital DIY
An interesting contest launched for Maker Faire Rome 2016 gives even more perspective to evaluate the future of DiDIY in healthcare, and also some insights for our Organization and Work research package.
Sometimes, people who are sick or with special needs (or their relatives) must transform themselves in makers. But in general, it is "full time" makers who should step in and assist those people. Since practicality and beauty help those who are suffering, assistive tools for the sick must be both functional AND beautiful. One example is the knife handle "cover"above, which makes a knife easier and simple to handle to people with limited hand mobility, or hand control.
Working together, Makers and professional designers first "handled the most important stages of product screening and testing". Next, the designers started designing new tools, or tools accessories, for disabled people, and makers immediately building prototypes, to test them again. The conclusion? "If everyone brings their own contribution without invading the field of expertise of someone else you get good results". A full description of the process (in Italian) is here, and ends with a message for the whole maker community: