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Lightweight rollator gave Kirsten her freedom back

Our users are a huge source of inspiration. Especially when it comes to mobility, ageing and life quality. Our user Kirsten is one of those sources of inspiration. She was one of our very first users in Denmark and we can always count on her to give us feedback and share a couple of good stories.  

“I was just sitting in a radius of 50 metres and couldn’t do anything”

A couple of months ago Kirsten was interviewed by the Danish broadcasting station TV2, when they were doing a small feature about welfare technology and rollators. This week she is yet again in the spotlight in an interview with the Danish Magasine ‘Hendes Verden’. As part of a theme about assistive aids, she shares some wise words about using a rollator. After all this spotlight we figured it was time to share the story about how byACRE met Kirsten – and share some of Kirsten’s wise words.

When byACRE met Kirsten: Post knee surgery and longing for freedom

Kirsten received her first rollator in 2007, when she had to train after a hip surgery. It went great for a while, and the hips were working as they should. She therefore only used the rollator for training purposes. As she put it herself “it wasn’t a rollator made for a stroll along the promenade”. Last year she underwent another surgery. This time it was the knee, and the surgery did not work in Kirsten’s favour. She now needed the rollator for more than just training purposes.

“At one time I was with the day center on a trip to a farm. But all of us with rollators couldn’t walk around, because the underlay consisted of pebbles, and the rollators couldn’t handle it”.

The rollator Kirsten had received from the municipality did not meet her requirements*. She loves to explore and meet new people, and her rollator wasn’t really up for these adventures. She needed something lighter, that did not cause pain in her hands on the longer walks, and she needed something that would fit in her car.

The Red Lightning

“Fortunately, I can figure out what the world has to offer even though I’m 81 years old. So, I googled and found my new rollator

After a search on Google she found byACRE, called us, and paid us a visit. She quickly decided on the Carbon Ultralight in Strawberry Red. Because “Why not red? Let it be red so it can be seen”. Kirsten calls her rollator “The Red Lightning” and have actually said that she enjoys walking with the rollator more than her dog. With her rollator she decides for herself when she wants to walk, but she gets the same attention as she would walking her dog.

“I feel worthy and experience being welcomed into stores in a different way. The other day I was sitting in a restaurant when someone came up and asked med about where my rollator was from”.

Freedom instead of longing

Even though Kirsten loves her rollator, she still dreams about being able to walk without it. But right now the rollator gives her peace of mind knowing that she does not lose her balance. “When you’ve tried falling and hurting yourself seriously, you are not sorry about your rollator. I am so happy for it. It gives med freedom instead of longing”.

Kirsten is only one of many byACRE users around the world, but her story is far from unique. For a lot of people, ageing will often lead to a need for more support while walking, and like Kirsten, when you get to that age, you still want to keep up the life you’re used to. Ageing does not entail a sudden stop in one’s need for adventure and social interaction. And it most certainly does not entail a wish to be portrayed and treated any differently. Because “Age is the new black”.

*Note: In Denmark, citizens who need assistive aids after a surgery, or whose functionality is permanently impaired, as a consequence of disability or chronic illness, is provided with an assistive aid; either from the hospital or the municipality.

 

Expansion of the cooperation between RUSSKA and byACRE

byACRE is a Danish company with the mission to overcome the stigma of reduced human mobility by helping everyone stay active and look great while doing it.

byACRE has been in partnership with RUSSKA for a long time. In close cooperation, the indoor rollator, Scandinavian Butler, has been successfully introduced in the German market.

Recently, the company has also developed one of the lightest rollators in the world, the Carbon Ultralight. This high-end rollator combines quality with an outstanding, sporty design and a weight of less than 5 kg. The design of the Carbon Ultralight symbolizes an active lifestyle and is inspired by sports car and bike design. The lightweight rollator is available in pearl white, strawberry red and black.

byACRE’s Carbon Ultralight rollator was recently launched in Germany by the Norwegian company Topro. Shortly before Christmas 2017, an important change in ownership was announced at Topro. This brought about the opportunity to rethink byACRE’s distribution setup for Germany.

byACRE has now decided to extend the good relationship with RUSSKA. Therefore, RUSSKA will offer the full range of byACRE’s products in the future, in order to reliably supply current and future customers. RUSSKA will offer the complete product portfolio from Monday, 5 February, with delivery of the Carbon Ultralight to retail stores from ultimo February.

 

Danish Design Award 2017

We have proudly received the Danish Design Award for our aesthetic indoor rollator!

Here’s what the press wrote about it.


May 31, 2017 / Danish Design Award

DANISH DESIGN AWARD CELEBRATES TALENTS AND WELFARE DESIGN AT AWARD SHOW IN KOLDING

Round two of the Danish Design Award event took place on Wednesday night in Svane Shipping’s warehouse in Kolding harbour, where the winners of four new award categories and two special awards were announced. Among them are the game-changing Open Embassy, the aesthetic-functional walking frame Scandinavian Indoor, the expansive car-sharing concept GoMore and the partnership-building VenligBolig, which promotes the integration of refugee families. Awards also went to human-centred design in the ‘Young Talent’ category and to the audience favourite RAM’N in the ‘People’s Choice’ category.

It is a great pleasure to present the winners of the Danish Design Award 2017 in cooperation with this year’s partner municipality, Kolding, and D2i. The award-winners exemplify the high degree of innovation and value in the solutions created by designers and companies throughout the country. The winning solutions have a unique user focus that springs from Denmark’s strong design DNA and a social and environmental awareness that reflects our welfare society. Not least the young talents show empathic design solutions that generate value, says Henrik Weiglin, CEO of Denmark’s largest, independent design interest and industry organization, Design denmark (Dd).

The categories of the Danish Design Award reflect the full palette of design making a difference for individuals, companies and society. The award also demonstrates that design is the tool that makes companies competitive and enables them to develop new and superior solutions driven by empathy with users and clients. We consider it a shared task for public and private actors to promote the innovation that design generates throughout the country. That is why the broad cooperation we are witnessing tonight is so important – and such a pleasure to see, says Christian Bason, CEO of the Danish Design Centre.

The selection of finalists and award-winners reflects the broad scope of Danish design. It also serves as an excellent illustration that Danish business and industry and the public sector have embraced design as a tool, not only for creating attractive solutions but also for managing complex challenges on the users’ terms. As co-host of this year’s award show in Kolding, we are delighted to see the close collaboration of the Danish design field that makes it possible to celebrate and stage big events like the Danish Design Award across the country, says Thit Juul Madsen, CEO of D2i…

…In the Improved Welfare category, the winner is Scandinavian Indoor – a series of walking frames adapted to both indoor and outdoor use. For many people, the use of a walking frame is associated with a loss of personal dignity and identity in addition to the impact on the intimate domestic sphere when welfare technology is installed in the home. Scandinavian Indoor takes up this challenge with its functional design and harmonious expression, which puts the person centre stage and blends seamlessly into the home without introducing an institutional feel…

Read the full article here: www.danishdesignaward.com

 

Our Favourite Mobility Innovations of 2016

Now that we’ve had a few days to recover from hectic, food-and-family filled holiday schedules, it’s finally time to take a deep breath and look back at 2016. For us, that means thinking about the changes that took place in the field of mobility: the improvements, innovations and ideas that worked towards improving mobility for all kinds of people. Overall, 2016 saw a rapid transformation in the speed of mobility innovations: from smarter cars to GPS footwear, mobility products across many markets are becoming better, cheaper and more accessible. Thanks to the speed of development, more and more people can take advantage of game-changing mobility technology. Although there were many mobility innovations to pick from, here our top 6 from 2016.

1. Audi Fit Driver System

According to Audi, the Audi Fit Driver System’s goal is to “provide the optimal driving experience, custom-tailored to the current condition of the driver.” Sounds pretty generic—but in fact, Audi have come up with a unique solution that puts health and wellbeing first in a fluid, integrated way. A wearable watch tracks your vital parameters, such as heart rate, tension, tiredness level, and transmits that information to the car. In response, the car adjusts its functionality to best accommodate the driver’s current condition—whether that means reducing stress levels or improving concentration. Although meant for people of all ages, the Audi Fit Driver particularly holds positive implications for people with unstable mobility issues: no matter what problems you’re suffering from, the Fit Driver will respond to your body, so you can get you where you need to go.

So far, the Audi Fit Driver is only available in Germany—but considering the positive response Audi has gotten for it, we’ll probably be seeing this car in other countries soon.

2. Arctic Grip Footwear Technology

For most of us, stumbling over an icy sidewalk after a snow day is pretty annoying—but for people with mobility issues, a slip and fall can have serious health implications. That’s why Vibram’s Arctic Grip Footwear Technology is such a necessary innovation, especially for those of us who live in snowier areas: it makes walking on ice feel exactly like taking a walk on a sunny day. The shoes feature lugs with sole technology that’s grippy on ice as well as thermochromatic lugs, which sense when temperatures drop and change color to warn their wearers. It’s the most advanced grip technology on a walking shoe out there—and luckily, it’s already available for purchase.

3. The Genworth R70i Aging Experience

2016 saw the rise of virtual reality, with out-of-body experiences being used for everything from gaming to relationship building. However, it was also used specifically to generate understanding around mobility needs: The Genworth R70i Aging Experience makes you feel what it’ll be like to move around in the world when you’re a senior. By putting you in a sensory suit, the GRAE simulates what it’ll be like to walk, see, hear and speak when you’re aging and possible suffering from health issues, like blurred vision or muted hearing. By giving people an ‘aging experience’, Genworth aims to realistically prepare them for what’s to come in their futures—so they can start making smart decisions about their mobility earlier on in life.

4. Quell

When it comes to treating chronic pain, people generally think of three options: over-the-counter medicine, physiotherapy or even surgery. However, what if there was a solution that was less costly or life-changing, easy to use and free of side effects? Enter Quell—a new wearable from of pain relief that primarily treats back pain, arthritic pain, nerve pain and leg and foot pain. A band that you wear on your upper calf, Quell disrupts your body’s natural pain relief response by blocking the pain signals in your body through stimulation of sensory nerves. You can also download the app, which lets you monitor changes in your stress levels, sleep patterns etc. since using Quell—but even without the app, 81% of users report feeling pain significant pain reduction. Now that’s effective!

5. Al-Pro Framing Hammer

Few things are more frustrating than failing at hammering something into the wall. Whether the nails you’re using are wrong, the wall is too tough or the hammer is too heavy for you to use properly, it can be infuriating—and potentially impossible to master for those with arthritis or other physical issues affecting their upper body strength and grip. Luckily, the construction equipment company Estwing decided to solve this setback with their new AL-Pro Hammer. Made from forged aircraft aluminum alloy – a material much lighter than the regular Titanium – it’s easy for you to handle, but send a vibration dampening shot to nail heads so max force hits them every time. Plus, there’s a magnetic nail starter in the head to make aiming accurately a piece of cake. So whether you’re suffering from chronic hand pain or have failed at hanging up art on your walls one too many times, Estwing has finally made the solution for you.

6. ReSound Hearing Aids

When you think of hearing aids, a few stereotypes probably come to mind. Clunky, definitely; ineffective, perhaps; old-fashioned. However, ReSound’s latest hearing aids, LINX2, break those stereotypes with impressive elegance: the company’s new hearing aids are tiny, sleek, and integrated with the tech elements of your life. The aids themselves are made of ultra-durable technology that’s also water and dust resistant, but most excitingly, they connect to your gadgets. You can hook up your iphone or ipad to the hearing aids—so taking a phone call, listening to music and hearing the world when you’re out on a walk becomes a fluid experience for those with hearing difficulties. Best part: it’s all controlled by a smartwatch on your wrist which lets you control various elements, such as how much you can focus on someone talking, or how much wind you hear on a cold day at the beach. For hearing aids that actually aid all parts of your life, look no further.