Although it is dark, it doesn't mean there is no need to get out of the bed. The reason for waking up might be a visit to the bathroom or fetching water from the kitchen. If your eyesight is weak, movements not steady or there are toy cars all over the floor, a bathroom visit can become uncomfortable and even scary. We are developing a solution for your problems and we call it Hilla. Hilla is a night light system for a safer home - designed to keep in mind the special needs of the elderly and the visually impaired.
Impaired night vision caused by the effects of aging effects almost everyone. While moving in the dark the risk of injuries increases. Fallings cause approximately 7000 fractured hips in the aged population of Finland, about 1000 deaths per year. It is a big cause of concern for the elderly and their families.
Information offered in graphics is from Official Statistics of Finland (OSF), population projection. Statistics above from the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired (FFVI) and Terveyskirjasto.
Hilla night light system is wireless and rechargeable. It consists of multiple light units which are easily attached to the walls, corners of furniture or anywhere needed. The colour of the light is gentle and warm, it is not dazzling and waking you up.
Lights are motion-activated so you don't have to do anything to get a proper lighting to support your moving in the dark. The system creates a route of light for your individual needs.
It is possible to sync your night light system with an intelligent home system if wanted so. You can also use your mobile phone to adjust different parameters like the colour and brightness of the light.
We are a team of three design students from Aalto University, Finland.
Our team was participating in the Nordic Independent Living Challenge. We got into the semi-finals, among 25 best solutions of total 440 ones.
Read more about the competition from www.realchallenge.info.
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