Stove Top for the Visually Impaired

Stove Top for the Visually Impaired

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 20, 2009

A few years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, an eye disease that causes vision loss in the center of the visual field due to a damaged retina. When I visited, my grandmother had little sight. Despite that, she insisted on baking my favorite cookies różowy ciastka różowe ciastka, pink cookies. I watched her in the kitchen as she did everything by memory, rather than by sight, but when it came to using the stove, it was a little nerve wracking. She placed her face millimeters from the burner to check how far she had turned the knob and how large the flame was. While devouring my różowe ciastka, I started to panic as I imagined by grandmother, living alone, and burning her apartment (and herself) down because she didn't gauge the stove top correctly. What do blind people do in these situations? Menno Kroezen has designed an option.

Developed in cooperation with the RNIB and Action for Blind People, Touch & Turn allows people with limited sight safely cook. Unfortunately there isn't much info online, but this is what I was able to scrounge up.

The Touch & Turn features a pot that is cool to the touch, even while what's inside is cooking. How intense the heat underneath the pot is, is determined by where the bottom half of the pot, which acts as the stovetop knob, is turned to. Large braille-like indicators on the outer edges of the stovetop allow the visually impair know how far to turn the bottom half.

Right now the Touch & Turn is just a concept.

via HomeTone
(Images: Menno Kroezen)

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