MFA Interaction Design student Shelly Ni, and MFA Products of Design student gaïa orain are collaboratively developing the Nautilus Bowl, a bowl for people with hand disabilities like tremors, painful joints, or reduced dexterity, that is ergonomic to hold and dignified to use.
The team has submitted the project for consideration in the NYC Next Top Makers Challenge, with a chance to gain access to a summer studio space, funding, and mentorship.
[The Nautilus is] directly inspired by interviews with stroke survivors and arthritis patients, who demonstrated a clear unmet need for a bowl that’s comfortable and affirming. The Nautilus turns meal time from a regular frustration into a positive and comfortable experience, helping people with hand disabilities feel good about eating again. We’re challenging the notion that design for disability means a specialized but unappealing user experience. What results is a simple, ergonomic solution that appeals to anyone who prefers to hold a bowl in one hand comfortably.
Vote for the Nautilus Bowl in the NYC Next Top Makers Challenge. Public voting closes March 27, 2013 at 5PM ET.