As the second biggest cause of sick leave in the UK, arthritis can severely affect a person’s life. More than 10 million people in the UK are living with the daily pain and fatigue of arthritis. It is not just about the almost constant pain, it is about losing independence and confidence, and not being able to live people’s life the way they want to. Enduring this type of ongoing, daily pain impacts every aspect of a person’s life, including in their jobs, relationships, finances, and their self-esteem and health. Living with arthritis isn’t easy and carrying out simple, everyday tasks like cooking, bathing, doing laundry and moving around the house can be challenging and often painful. Kitchen tasks are commonplace in everyday life and can therefore be prohibitively difficult for those living with arthritis.
The project proposes to enable people with arthritis to open jars that are essential to living an independent life. The project exhibits an innovative lid design which can be fitted to any jar and enables those with arthritis to open and re-seal a jar without experiencing the pain they commonly encounter at present.
The specific objectives of this project are:
Lightweight and easy to use design; Good airtightness performance; Significantly small force exertion (reduce torque to less than 2 Nm) required, thus decreasing impact on joints; Fit to any size of jar; A decent price product for household use.
The full design process journal file at google drive link below.