1.What is the highlight of your product? 50% of all domestic fires start in the kitchen – mainly during cooking, for example when a pan is forgotten on the stove and overheats. The stove guard aims at reducing the risk of kitchen fires. As soon as the device detects a high temperature level on the stove, an alarms is activated and the device cuts off the electricity of the stove. Thus, a fire can be prevented even before it starts.
2.Why did you participate in the voucher call? As people with dementia are especially endangered in case of a fire, the product can be a life-saving solution for them. The project “Certification-D” offered us the possibility to gain direct feedback from this user group in living labs under real circumstances. Besides, stove guards are already a well known solution in Scandinavia, but unfortunately not in other parts of Europe. By participating in the voucher call, we hoped to increase the awareness of the problem and its solution.
3.What is your most important lesson learnt? Thanks to the feedback and test results, we have learned that not only the function of a product matters, but also the form. The design of a product always has to be adapted to the needs of a special user group.