Posted: Friday 7th September 2018

Herts Careline was delighted to provide the University of Oxford with a variety of assistive technology equipment samples for their recent public engagement workshops.

The University reported back to us that there was a high level of interest in the studies relating to how modern technology fits into a person’s home and how it supports the independence of people in the community. So much so that we agreed to donate a Herts Bernie portable pendant device to their Pitt Rivers Museum Handling Collection.

The Handling Collection is used in a variety of ways to support the Museum’s learning programme by enabling connections to be made between technologies on display in the museum with current issues, such as health and wellbeing and care.

More generally, the Museum has a tradition of connecting contemporary technologies with objects that fit the same purpose, whether in the past or from another culture represented in the Museum. This helps people to reflect on the similarities and shared experiences that cultures from across the world have with them and to reflect on their own approach to a particular need or issue.

The study came to the conclusion that Herts Careline shares. That assistive technology is adopted, and even cherished, when it puts a person in touch with people who matter to them most. In our case it is the caring and highly skilled Control Room who can arrange the appropriate level of help from a family member or emergency response.

The Museum also found that people who use assistive living technologies and their family members would like to see a future where technology is more, not less, intrinsically human. The hopes are not only that this will inspire better, more beautiful and more soulful design but that the processes of designing, making and adapting can create and connect communities. We’re excited about the future.

You can read the further findings here.

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