Smart Apartment for the Disabled?
by Tom Worthington
One good use for high technology homes is for the disabled. The City Edge complex, in O'Connor, Canberra, ACT, Australia, which houses the "smart apartment", has several apartments designed for the disabled. These have adjustable height kitchen benches (including the sink and stove top) and wireless controlled front doors. They are intended to go beyond what is usual in "Adaptable Housing".
- Adjustable height kitchen bench
- Adjustable height kitchen sink
- Adjustable height stove-top
- Pull out pantry and work surface
- Electric door opener
The apartments are an initiative of Community Housing Canberra Ltd, a not-for-profit association of community housing providers for people on low and modest incomes: young people, aged people, people with disabilities, indigenous people, students and double and single parent families.
The design of these apartments emphasizes practical low cost equipment. As an example the electrically operated doors are controlled by garage door openers and the adjustable height kitchen benches are adapted from office furniture.
There is potential to add computerized controls for some of this equipment, provided it could be done at a low cost and reliably.
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Copyright © Tom Worthington 2002.