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2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This examination project is accomplished by innovation and design engineering students, at the Institute of engineering, physics and mathematics, at Karlstad University. According to Statistics Sweden, two percent of the Swedish population in the age of 16-84 are visually impaired. The visually impaired people use the white cane in- and outdoors to avoid obstacles in their way. There are several companies which manufacture white canes today, but according to The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired there is no inquiry that treats the subject of how the users of the white canes experience them. The purpose of this project was to investigate how the users experience the products and from their feedback create a new product which fit their need. The project is performed as the process of design and initialized with an identification of the needs of the users. It continued with a visualization of the concepts, and finally ended with a new cane, developed with subtle solutions which will give the impaired an easier everyday life. The cane can be adjusted to fit the length of choice and when it’s put together it only consists of two parts. The handle is constructed with ergonomics in mind and will minimize the wrist, arm and shoulder stress. The handle has a grip friendly surface which makes it easer to support the cane against a wall. The strap fitted to the handle will provide more storage capabilities and gives possibility for a quick storage when the users need both hands, for example in a supermarket. The shape and the size of the tip have been optimized so that it doesn’t get caught in stairs and uneven ground and surfaces. The tip is given a subtle lock device to prevent lost. The cane is constructed in a way that the handle and the tip will not contact when the cane is put together which makes the management more hygienic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , 80 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-54584Local ID: IDI-10OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-54584DiVA: diva2:1103385
Subject / course
Innovation and Design Engineering, Bachelor of Science
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