HUG ME provides the elderly (and people with problems to sit) with independence and safety in their daily routines. HUG ME is designed to be your mate and help you to be autonomous again. HUG ME´s friendly appearance looks like an “unfolded toilet” with a soft arm that seems to say “Hello!”. This arm “hugs” the user to guarantee his safety while seating and standing up again. All that the user needs to do is to rely his back against the soft coloured padding and push the button located in the toilet´s hand. This activates the seating mechanism and the unfolded seat starts bending until the regular toilet/chair position (90 degree angle between seat and back). Afterwards when the user is ready again he can press again the button to execute the invert movement process and going up.
HUG ME´s relevance relies in its innovative combination of function and perception.
On one hand the design is extremely functional as it prevents accidents and gives independence to the consumer (with the correspondent savings in assistance and health benefits). This directly affects user’s wellbeing as this device brings back user´s self-confidence. The empathy is strengthened by the simple and intuitive user interface and the friendly appearance defined by curved and soft shapes, vivid colors and the welcoming support shaped as a human arm that reinforces the idea of mate, of company and reliability.