What is Universal Design?
Universal design is a philosophy of design that recognizes, and attempts to accommodate the broadest possible spectrum of human ability in the design of all products and environments. It requires sensitivity to, and knowledge about people of all ages and abilities. Sometimes referred to as “lifespan design” or “transgenerational design,” it encompasses and goes beyond the accessible, adaptable, and barrier-free design concepts of the past. Universal design helps eliminate the need for special features and spaces for “special people” (for example, people with disabilities) which are often different-looking, more expensive and can be stigmatizing. Universal design is about ability, rather than disability. It encompasses designs for the full human life cycle, from beginning to end.
The use of Universal Design elements in Homes can best be understood via this video of the Winchester Universal Design Show Home:
Evermind is an exciting new product that improves the lives of those who are living independently or managing a chronic disease, and those who provide care for them, by remotely monitoring the usage of home appliances and home medical equipment.
Daily rituals like making coffee in the morning or watching a favorite television show before bedtime serve as a way to check-in, signaling that everything is okay, even when it’s not possible to call or drop by.
Evermind looks for signals of activity and well-being by detecting when electrical appliances are switched on and off. Signaling that someone is in their routine, or that there is a change in activity which could be a cause for concern.
The Evermind sensor works at the power source and is compatible with virtually any type of home appliance or powered medical equipment. Evermind sensors connect to the Evermind network using built-in wireless Internet — no home Internet connection is required.
This new product can offer families great peace of mind and a very tangible way to know when it is important to check in with their loved ones. Take a few moments today and check it out at Evermind.us.
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