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Folk Kitchenware for the Blind

Shared by Kevin Chiam Yon... on 2019-08-05 12:48

About the solution

Cooking is challenging for the blind due to the lack of sensory references. To overcome the steep learning curve, Folks kitchenware leverages on natural, sensory feedback and tactile cues such that they can prepare food safely with confidence and dignity.

Introduced as a system, Folks taps onto the adjusted sensory strengths (like touch or hearing) of the blind. Knife Poor hand postures, irregular ingredients and dull knives result in cuts which dissuade the blind from cooking. To help them gain tool confidence, a retractable guard serves as a physical anchor and guides the fingers during the cutting process. This encourages blade contact (safer). It also allows the blind to clean off any food that is stuck on the blade with a simple trigger. After usage, the guard can also be removed for cleaning. Chopping Board The side tray, which pegs freely on the sides of the board, acts as an extension of the hand to gather and efficiently transfer ingredients with less spillage. Teaspoon Used in any cup/glass/mug, the spoon’s integrated buoy floats when liquid is added. It thus becomes a reference point that informs the blind of impending liquid contact. This lowers risks of scalds or burns.

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

Even with sight, cooking can be daunting, much less without vision. For the blind, preparing food naturally becomes challenging as they learn to cope with the uncertainties of spills or injuries like knife cuts or burns. I was thus surprised to find blind Master Chef Christine Ha working the stove and knife like a seasoned hand. Later, I come to understand that she could accomplish this only through rigorous practice. This process however takes time and can be demoralizing in early stages. The objective is thus to imbue individuals with confidence so that they can overcome physical and mental

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