Uppie - Independent Living Domestic Bathroom Aid by Jan Sebastian van Ackeren

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Uppie - Independent Living

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Domestic Bathroom Aid

INSPIRATION:
When ageing various conditions and the lack of physical activity limit physical ability of elders. This often leads to deterioration of muscle mass and strength, resulting in the inability to stand up or squad backwards steadily. Europe's population is becoming older on average, creating a need for domestic aids in oder to promote independent living. Solutions exists but unfortunately they come with a certain stigma attached, a sizeable price tag and are too big for European bathrooms.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Uppie, a space efficient, cost effective and modern stand-up help, designed for elderly people. The Frame is adjustable, fits onto any toilet bowl and the lift uses state of the art technology. Elders are often confronted with the fear of falls especially when by themselves, as they are the cause of many bone fractures and subsequent deaths. Uppie is designed to give a sense of security and independence when visiting the bathroom, so elderly and their relatives have more peace of mind.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Lift is operated by two buttons, integrated into the handle bars. 1. Bring Lift into upright position. 2. Place yourself between the grab handle bars (facing away for toilet). 3. Lean backwards, so your thighs and buttocks gently rest on seat and blue cushion (while keeping handle bars gripped). 4. Press button (on handle bar) to activate mechanism. 5. Wait until motion is complete. 6. Reverse process for standing up.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Project started April 2015 in Delft/ The Hague and was finalised in January 2016. The prototyping iterations are still ongoing.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
All structural parts are made from aluminium (with a few exceptions made from steel - only prototype), whereas all rails are stainless steel. Visual covers were vacuum formed and rubber gaskets used to dampen the connection between product and toilet bowl. Ordered components include: ball screws, linear bearings, rotary deep groove ball bearings, angular contact ball bearings, stepper motors, motor controls, micro controller (Arduino, TinkerKit), buttons and bamboo toilet seat/ cover.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
370 x 500 x 700 (at base, keeping in mind that it is adjustable to differently sized bowls) 600 x 500 x 700 (at height of grab handle bars)

TAGS:
Domestic Bathroom Aid, Independent Living, Ageing Population, Active Healthcare, Elderly Living, Secure Toileting, Retrofit, Space Efficiency, Safety, Physical Limitation

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research set up investigated the perceived image of aiding products. Aim was to elevate this niece market from its taboo status to a more satisfactory level for users and companies. Quantitative and qualitative research was previously conducted, revised and validated which required to set up a research that does not focus on the basic problem, that existing solutions are nurturing. Instead added value-propositions for the user were explored by interviewing users, retailers and experts.

CHALLENGE:
The most difficult aspects of this project consisted of generating a non-stigmatised design language, while providing a suitable mechanism that is space efficient and retrofittable to ensure European bathroom integration. At the same time measures for lower component, material and manufacturing cost had to be considered. Balancing the perceived value and effectiveness of the concept against constrains set by the client and environment of use, was a challenge to be embraced.

ADDED DATE:
2017-03-24 01:15:13

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Individual Project development, created for Michiel Lensink (client) and Based on preliminary research by Johan Molenbroek.

IMAGE CREDITS:
All images, photos and videos are created by JSvA or is publicly available material.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to The Hague University of Applied Sciences, 2015

Visit the following page to learn more: http://youtu.be/mZeqzXAx4O0
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
The Hague University of Applied Sciences + Alkio (Michiel Lensink)

PROFILE:
The Hague University of Applied Sciences is a university of applied sciences and community higher professional education institute with its campuses located in and around The Hague in the Randstad metropolitan region in the west of the Netherlands. The city is the Dutch seat of government and home to many major international legal, security and peace institutions. The institution is made up of 14 academies. Bachelor’s degrees are the institution’s core business with 42 full-time undergraduate degrees, 21 part-time (nine taught in English) and 10 dual bachelors courses. The university also offers nine master's degrees (three taught in English) and currently teaches around 23,400 students. Degrees fall into six main fields of interest including technology, innovation and society, public administration, law and security, management and organization, ICT and media, health and sport, economy and finance and welfare and education. The Hague University of Applied Sciences is known for the international characteristic of its student population with around 146 nationalities represented on campus. It operates partnerships with companies, public bodies and other organisations in the Haaglanden region, as well as international institutions. The university also offers English proficiency training through its English Language Preparatory School, work placements and international exchanges as part of its international remit. Research activity is high with a range of postgraduate and continuing professional education courses. The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ building on the Delft University of Technology campus opened in 2009. The Delft campus, venue for the Technology, Innovation and Society Academy, offers seven degrees taught in Dutch including Mathematics and Applications, Electrical Engineering, Project Leader in Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. As of 2012, The Hague University of Applied Sciences offered 42 full-time bachelor's degree programmes in the fields of economics, healthcare, behaviour and society, information technology, education and technology. The university also offers nine international bachelor's degrees taught in English: Industrial Design Engineering, Process and Food Technology, International and European Law, Safety and Security Management Studies, European Studies, International Communication Management, International Public Management, International Business and Management studies and International Financial Management and Control.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Uppie-Independent Living Domestic Bathroom Aid by Jan Sebastian Van Ackeren is a Nominee in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category.

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Uppie-Independent Living Domestic Bathroom Aid by Jan Sebastian Van Ackeren is Winner in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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