- Posted by Eleonora Bongiovanni
- On June 28, 2022
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After the announcement did during the last partners meeting in Lisbon, on 5th of June 2022 an interview about INEDIT was aired during the Portuguese tv show “Exame Informática”, on a 24h news channel “SIC Notícias”. The show is realized by the homonymous magazine, the biggest and most recognized in Portugal in the fields of electronics and informatics.
The interview is about the process that brought at the creation of the case study realized by Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (UNINOVA) on Smartification of furniture. Following the logic of co-creation designers, engineers, and manufacturers joined together with customers looking for pieces with special characteristics to create a personalized furniture that can satisfy specific exigencies. Particularly, they brought together experts from different fields to develop the kitchen of the future, a smart and made-to-measure furniture, that’s the concempt at the heart of INEDIT project.
An example of special needs in furniture can be a person in a wheelchair, who may require an easy way to open the cabinet doors. Automated cabinet doors that open and close by voice command, can make a difference in the lives of people with mobility difficulties.
Chairs or tables with pressure sensors to detect bad posture, built-in electrocardiogram and fall alarms are some of the solutions that can transform a piece of furniture into an ally for well-being.
It is not just people with special needs who can benefit from these partnerships.
Another example is the creation of a smart lighting systems for the pantry cabinets to make easier the finding objects. It only takes a voice command from the user to illuminate the shelves where the desired product is placed.
In all these cases, the engineering work supports the integration of various components into the furniture designed, integrating the work of different professional figures with the necessities of consumers.
These services will be available on the platform that the project is creating, which connects all stakeholders under the motto “Do it together”.