Open through September 3, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Access+Ability” exhibition features a collection
of the most innovative products, projects, and services developed
from the concept of inclusive design. The selections featured were
all created with the goal of helping those with physical, cognitive,
and/or sensory disabilities to lead more independent lives.
With more than 70 highlighted designs, “Access+Ability”
includes smart technologies, adaptive clothing, and new takes on
everyday devices to assist with daily routines. Selections include:
◗ A collection of Prosthetic Leg Covers designed and
manufactured by McCauley Wanner and Ryan Palibroda
for ALLELES Design Studio. The wide variety of colors
and patterns offer the ability to shop in the same way
we choose clothes.
◗ The Emma Watch developed by Microsoft researchers Haiyan
Zhang and Nicolas Villar that uses haptic vibration technology
to allow users with tremors to regain the use of their hands.
The Los Angeles County Voting Booth
prototype for the 2020 election,
designed by IDEO, Digitial Foundry,
and Cambridge Consultants, includes
features to assist people with various
sensory impairments and who speak
languages other than English. P h