Co-design for disability with social impact

“Hackability is a non-profit company founded in 2016, to bring together the skills of designers, makers, digital craftsmen, with the needs (and inventiveness) of people with disabilities and to grow communities that, through digital fabrication, co-design, the use of 3D printers and open source boards, create new solutions, customized, able to meet the needs of people with disabilities in everyday life. To achieve this goal, the company has developed a co-design and open innovation methodology that not only allows the development of common or complex objects, home automation solutions, devices, new low cost and scalable services, but also uses co-design as a tool to develop social inclusion, and as a research opportunity to produce and organize case studies that increase the knowledge of accessibility issues related to disability and aging”.

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The key turner for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Design Francesco Rodighiero

This is a project of that we are very proud. In fact, it reflects everyday work: designing products for people with disabilities that respect their dignity.

Tulip is a keychain and key turner designed for people with rheumatoid arthritis who have difficulty turning keys in challenging locks. Common key turners usually tend to break the key, but this solution safeguards the lock.

Designed during a co-design event in collaboration with Hackability. Read more about it in this essay written some time ago.


Zooming device for reading and writing

Design: Francesco Rodighiero, Sebastiano Ercoli, Daniela Meroni, Enrico Bassi, Rosa Garofalo. Utenti: Giovanni & Alice

Giovanni and Alice are severely visually impaired. They have trouble reading and sometimes even signing documents.

For them we have designed an object that enlarges texts and images in order to read and write, thanks to a camera and a mobile device (smartphone or tablet).

Zoomograph is therefore the careable dedicated to visually impaired people that allows you to enlarge words and images without losing the thread of the sentence. The object is entirely printed in 3D in a single pre-assembled and adjustable piece, equipped with a lightweight endoscopic camera and wifi that connected to your smartphone or tablet facilitates the reading experience, but also writing.


The first folding table for wheelchair. All 3D printed.

Design: Francesco Rodighiero, Daniela Meroni, Anisia Lauditi, Alberto Ghirardello, Rossella Indaco. User: Francesco.

Daniela couldn’t always get into elevators with her son Francesco, in a wheelchair and with her small table. Moreover, it was difficult to carry her on journeys, trips, or anything else. For Daniela and Francesco we thought Tournée, a small table easily foldable and transportable that by the use of straps adapts to the various models of wheelchair. The dimensions are designed to cross even the narrowest thresholds.

Tournée is a small table for wheelchairs designed to be portable, with correct dimensions, easy and quick to fold. It is entirely printed in 3D, and can be customized to meet various needs and situations. There is nothing like that in the market at the moment, and many tables are bulky and difficult to transport. There are tilting versions but they differ depending on the type of wheelchair.

The small table has been printed by Superforma that we thank constantly.

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