Collaborating with Invalidiliitto, The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities, helped me gain insights on designing solutions for people with special needs. In this case it was to improve such a user and his/her interaction with dogs that assist them.
The dogs assisted the user in a variety of tasks - helping pick up things, open doors, etc. Based on insights obtained through shadowing, interviews and observation concepts were developed. The final solution is a dog friendly pointing device that can be attached to the head / arm and help the user direct the dog to pick correct objects from a clutter.
- User Research
- Concept Development