A research trip to Düsseldorf

A research trip to Düsseldorf

18 October 2015

A research trip to Düsseldorf

After a month of user research and design refinements we’re gearing up to make test prototypes for our walking aid kit pilot tests.  This includes making some important decisions about the manufacture and sustainability of the product so we needed to hunt down some professionals in the field to expand our knowledge and help us make the right choices. When it comes to the manufacture and distribution of walking aids [or in fact anything that makes daily life easier for the elderly or people with disabilities] there is one place to go; Rehacare.

 

With more than 750 exhibitors from 37 countries, the annual Rehacare trade fair provides a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date organisations in this sector, and it just so happens to take place in Düsseldorf! We spent an intense few days at the show collecting information, talking to manufacturers, assessing the market place, networking with distributors and generally learning as much as possible. We also did a fair bit of people-watching and pretzel eating…

 

Last night we returned from Düsseldorf with a wealth of new information, a list of useful contacts, and an overall better understanding of our next steps in the design process. I’d call that a success.

 

Wheel range

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