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Designer creates staircase illusion for her uncle

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-09-19 14:54

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After observing her uncle, Mileha noted that it was easier for her uncle to go up and down the stairs than to walk on flat ground.

Being a designer, she started to think of a solution for this problem.

“The idea for the ‘Staircase illusion’ just came to me one day after a visit to my uncle’s. I noticed that he was moving with difficulty. On flat ground he walked jerkily but when it came to climbing up and down stairs he walked much more smoothly. From that moment of realization I thought why not try something like an optical illusion. I ran home to piece something together for him. It’s really low-tech – just black and white sheets of A3 paper that I stuck together with tape. When I put the illusion on the floor for my uncle to use, we discovered that, yes; he walked more smoothly across the area where the illusion was placed”, the inventor explained.

This solution simulates the experience of using a staircase, and helps her uncle to walk better in a flat ground, going to the different rooms, helping the users to walk faster, and with more safety, making them more independent.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2daCwV3

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About the author

Mileha Soneji, born in India, is a designer who lives in the Netherlands, and who created a staircase illusion, a mat that simulates stairs. She was inspired by her uncle, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and designed this mat to help him navigate around the house.

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