Freshen 2017-11-17T04:55:42+00:00

Project Description

Freshen

 

Description:

Design is about solving problems, it is the first thing every design educator teaches their students. Janet Law from HKDI found that there are lots of elderly people who avoid washing their hair because of the physical pain that it may cause them. Even the healthy elderly may find it difficult to lift their arms for that much amount of time, not to mention those who are disabled or require the help of a wheelchair to move around.

To solve this problem, Janet decided to design a product that helps the elderly people wash their hair, where they can sit down and let the machine do the rest. The machine “Freshen” is connected to both shampoo and water, once the elderly person positions his or her head under the machine, it will mix the shampoo and water to clean their hair. The machine can also blow-dry their hair. As a result, the elderly can enjoy clean hair without even getting their hands wet.

Through the connection of the Hong Kong Electrical Appliance Industries Association (HKEAIA), Wing Sang Bakelite Electrical Manufactory Limited expressed their interest in Janet’s idea, and agreed to support her to invent and develop the idea. The「DesignXcel」team then acted as a platform for them to showcase the collaboration outcome, hoping that “Freshen” can inspire more products that make the elderly’s daily life easier.

設計第一課教授設計就是為了解決問題。香港知專設計學院產品設計畢業生羅苡恩希望配合銀髮市場的需要設計出為長者起居生活帶來方便的產品。羅苡恩發現很多長者都因為肌肉關節不靈活而盡量避免洗髮。要知道長時間站立,低下頭舉起雙手洗髮的動作對老人家來說都不是一件容易的事,而對於行動不便要長期坐輪椅的長者來說就加麻煩了。

為了解決這難題,羅苡恩研發了這台坐式全自動洗頭機「Freshen」,用家只需安坐著,把頭套蓋好於頭髮上,按鍵選好模式,接駁了水管的洗頭機就能自動放出發泡的洗髮精,並輕輕搓揉,沖水,再吹乾。用家不用長時間站立和舉起雙手,甚至雙手完全不用沾水就能把頭髮洗乾淨,絕對為長者和看護者帶來極大方便。

在香港電器業協會的連繫下,羅苡恩的作品得到永生膠木電器廠有限公司的青睞,答應贊助研究和開發洗頭機。另一邊廂,《設計列陣》團隊則致力為他們提供一個平台去展示協作的成果,同時讓「Freshen」啟發更多方便長者日常生活的產品。

Design Graduate:

Law Yee Yan, Janet | 羅苡恩

Collaborator:

Wing Sang Bakelite Electrical Manufactory Limited | 永生膠木電器廠有限公司

Hong Kong Electrical Appliance Industries Association (HKEAIA) | 香港電器業協會

 

School:

Product | Hong Kong Design Institute | 香港知專設計學院