Project: Angelo

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Angelo is a device that allows you to overcome the "distance" imposed by Covid-19 between the guest of the RSA and their loved ones. It owes its name to the 150-year-old for which it was invented and stands as a "guardian angel" able to accompany the elderly during conversations with their relatives.
The COVID-19 emergency initially caused many victims in the Italian RSAs and subsequently decreed the blocking of family visits for almost three months.
It is well known the fragility of nursing home guests and how fundamental visits from family members are for their psychological balance. The reopening of RSAs was characterized by safety protocols that prevent physical contact due to social distancing and masks.
The relatives of the guests were allowed (until a few days ago) to visit them while maintaining, during the meetings, a distance of 2 meters often guaranteed by tables or installations. These barriers, added to the obligatory use of a mask that prevents lip reading, make communication difficult. Considering the difficulties experienced by the elderly with hearing impairment in establishing engaging communications even before these impediments, it is easy to imagine how emotionally isolating these dynamics are for them. Being able to overcome the barriers, at least from an acoustic point of view, was the goal of Luciano Fumagalli who managed to bring back the smile on the face of his father-in-law Angelo (105 years old) allowing him to hear and understand the voice of his parents. dear thanks to the use of the Velleman Kit ordered online.
Starting from the need to obtain a product that was easily acceptable visually by the elderly, we designed a body for this system: sinuous lines and soft colors are the characteristics attributed to the product, as well as a study of a user-experience that led to ergonomic microphone design, an intuitive visitor interface and a simple and tidy microphone cable wrap system.
Given the dynamic nature of the emergency for which Angelo was designed, we felt that 3D printing was the most suitable process both for its speed and for its ease of execution and availability. It could be a viable way to integrate FabLab into production to create an expanded and flexible production fabric.