Our global society is crammed with all kinds of gadgets and devices to help us get through everyday life. But what if all these designs didn’t just help us get through life, but maybe helped us get back to life? Learn how people can be empowered through design.
“Rokoko Smartsuit motion capture technology was first invented for live animated theatre for children, like with The Little Mermaid we made in collaboration with Tivoli Gardens. One day, we noticed an autistic child in the audience who seemed to be responding very positively to the animated characters on stage. So, we decided to test our technology on a target group to see the response from similar children, and it was a huge success,” says Sophie Bech, Head of Rokoko Experiences.
A research phase followed where the company played around with a sensor, testing its flexibility and ability to be combined with fabric, which has led to what today is known as the Rokoko Smartsuit.
The Rokoko Smartsuit is a full-body suit consisting of 19 small sensors integrated into a nylon-based fabric that captures every move you make while wearing the outfit. The movements are collected by the supplied software and transformed into useful data, such as for turning real-time visualisation into an animation you can use right away. Originally, the suit was made for visual effects and animation, particularly for use in film and game development, but its potential in other areas, such as sports, rehabilitation and physical therapy, quickly became obvious.
Photo by Rokoko Smartsuit
Research shows that animation and roleplay work very well with kids with help making diagnoses, so Rokoko initiated a collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark to test how animations made with the Rokoko technology could help break down barriers and make consultations more relaxed for the children. But the ambitions for the technology don’t just stop there.
“Our main focus is on animation and gaming, but our collaboration projects have made it clear that we have a product that can push this technology and the understanding of it even further. In the long term, we hope that the Rokoko Smartsuit will be an intuitive tool used to naturalize the interaction between the digital and physical world across many industries and use-cases,” Sophie Bech ends.
See how the Rokoko Smartsuit works in action
Other empowering Danish design solutions
BEKEY HomeCare: We’ve all had to fumble with a bunch of keys before finding the one matching the door lock. With BEKEY, however, the phone is your key. The BEKEY HomeCare system is designed specifically for the homecare sector. The purpose of the product is to reduce the time caregivers need to spend on access management, to give them more time to do their actual job – taking care of people.
The BEKEY HomeCare system not only includes door locks, but also medicine cabinets for the safe storage of medicines in the resident’s private home. The BEKEY HomeCare system is already implemented in several municipalities across Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Photo by BEKEY:
Coloplast’s Stoma care products: Getting a stoma can lead to a radical change for those affected. Whether it’s a temporary or permanent solution, adapting to a new lifestyle can be difficult. Danish company Coloplast has developed products for stoma patients since 1954 and is leading in helping people get back to life after a surgery.
Coloplast products have been renewed and reinvented over the years and have adapted to the active lifestyle many of us have today. This includes the stoma products becoming more “invisible” than ever before, easier to use and more secure. You can even go swimming with your stoma pouch! So, if you ever get a stoma operation, you shouldn’t worry about your social life, Coloplast has got your back.
Photo by Coloplast
Cortrium Health Monitor: Cortrium has developed a lightweight, Bluetooth-enabled smart monitor that captures four distinct, medically important, metrics. The Danish developed Cortrium C3 Holter Monitor is a wearable electrocardiogram monitor ready to provide medical data in real-time. The device tracks data straight from the heart and transfers it into a software program, which makes it faster and easier for doctors to screen patients for heart arrhythmia.
The C3 device is water resistant, cable free and has a 48-hour battery life. Also, it only weighs 25 grams and fits both men and women.
Photo by Cotrium