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Human-Centred Design

Every year we attend the London Design Festival and this year we will be there again.  We have the train booked, the accommodation sorted and really looking forward to it.  One of the designs we are really excited to see is the 3D printed wheelchair!  Yes, a ‘made to fit’ you wheelchair that brakes the mould in terms of aesthetics.

GO Wheelchair takes home the DIA Excellence Award and a prize fund worth around $30,000 USD.  The award recognises the contribution to humanity, industries and future technologies.

Here’s a snippet of what the GO chair is all about:

“LayerLAB’s inaugural project is GO, a made-to-measure 3D-printed consumer wheelchair that has been designed to fit the individual needs of a wide range of disabilities and lifestyles. The custom form of the seat and foot-bay is driven by 3D digital data derived from mapping each user’s biometric information. The resulting wheelchair accurately fits the individual’s body shape, weight and disability to reduce injury and increase comfort, flexibility, and support. The accompanying GO app allows users to participate in the design process by specifying optional elements, patterns and colourways, and to place orders.

GO is the result of an intensive, two-year research period during which the studio interviewed dozens of wheelchair users and medical professionals to establish how to remove the stigma associated with wheelchairs as medical devices and create a more human-centered vehicle”.

We think the product is revolutionary.  There are so many opportunities to re-imagine and re-design products like this.  As a trained Product and Furniture Designer, Bev likes to share news of products which change the way we live.  This one is no exception.

Bev said “I hope I can get a chance to speak to Benjamin Hubert, the Creative Director of Layer when I’m at the Festival at Somerset House, London on 18th September”.

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