I am still working around the terminologies of these words, Care Tech, Wearable Tech, Wearable Health Technology – and in good sense as information about these terms is increasing.
Several companies tries to take part and get a share of the growing market, and I find it very interesting to combine my passion for design, health and well-being, with solutions that actually makes a change for the users.
Therefore I have four very exiting meetings coming up. Tomorrow Ill be visiting CORTRIUMs new office in Aarhus, Denmark. I have been testing Cortrium’s health monitor device, and will include the device in my next design experiment, together with accessory design students from Design School Kolding.
Before Christmas I was investigating older women living in own home – to understand what they wear and why, when it comes to accessories. This is my main interest for my PhD project, and recently I got my first paper accepted on the subject “Intimacy in Accessories” at the EMPATHY track at the CUMULUS Conference in Hong Kong!
I am not sure if its my personal loss of grandmothers in a young age, that drives my curiosity for looking into elderly women – but I am strongly passioned about designing new solutions for this generation and the home setting. Therefore I have approached another company Sarita Care Tech in Aarhus Denmark, that develops fall detection alarms for care home residents. When you live at a care home in Denmark, you have your own apartment. Maybe this is just a room, with a toilet and bath – but it is still your own home, which you pay for. Therefore I find Sarita Care Tech interesting, as they focus on personal wearable health technology and are just about to start a collaboration with two jeweller designers!
I am thrilled about their appealing approach to intimate care products, and see many links to what I am investigating in my project “Accessory, Intimacy and Wearables”.
While going to Humlebæk near Copenhagen, Ill pay a visit to the organisation Copenhagen Healthtech Cluster, who just released a report on Self Monitoring Health Care and the wearables state in Denmark. The meeting is about sharing thoughts, to see if there is any new insight we can contribute to each other.
I hope Ill be able to keep my feet on the ground!