Disability task analysisGrips (Generalised issues :warning: (Most products…
Disability task analysis
Existing products :shopping_trolley:
Grab Rails and rests
These grips / handles are usually seen bathrooms to aid people with disabilities. Usually, they are well designed and robust enough to support someones full body weight however, they are really expensive to buy, costing around £100 per rail.
There are cheaper alternatives such as the suction handles (below) which are cheaper and don't need to be screwed into the wall, however they still cost a lot and they will not be as safe as the previous ones.
Cutlery Handles :fork_and_knife:
These products are used to help people with fine motor or gripping issues and usually can be bought in most large supermarkets and online however, they do cost more than regular cutlery and you usually cannot use your existing cutlery.
Another issue is that they are usually not very discrete in design, using bright colours and patterns.
Pencil Grips :pencil2:
These cheap and well known products are quick, cheap and easy to get hold of from pretty much any shop that would sell stationary.
They are mainly designed to help younger children to write but they can be used by adults as well. One of the issues with them is that they are usually designed for standard pencil sizes and won't always work with a large one, never mind a pen.
Also, they have been designed for kids so the colour scheme isn't all that appealing for adults.
Although cutlery handles aren't new, my idea is that the handle could be designed to be modular and work on a wide range of different kitchen utensils from a potato masher to a soup spoon.
Another idea could be to personalize the handle before order using some sort of online configuration tool which allows the consumer to pick there own colours and patterns.
To further customize the handle, it could be made out of some sort of re-mouldable rubber so that the consumer can re-mould the handle to their own preference and make it more comfortable to use as no two hands are the same, everyone is unique
The product solves the issue of having to buy lots of different handled items whereas with this product, you can keep all of your existing cutlery and utensils and just add the handle onto it when needed
Generalised issues :warning:
Most products are designed for a specific age range
Products usually cannot be customized or personalised
Usually more expensive than their regular counterparts
Over time, some bendable parts will snap
Products have been designed as a one size fits all
They are usually not reusable with other objects and have the actual utensil built in