Innovation within Blackwood
Innovation: change, modernisation, cutting edge, shift, transformation.
Blackwood is driven by innovation. We strive to be a catalyst for innovation and design in the independent living sector. We engage with people using pioneering online communities to improve independent living and influence technology and design.
We engage in research as well as practical projects that support independence. Our research to date has found that elderly and disabled people want to be involved in this process. It found that many independent living products are poorly designed. People want equipment and services to fit with their life choices.
Currently Blackwood is focussing its efforts on a pioneering Concept Home with integrated technology, Digital Inclusion Projects, a Student Design Competition and growing bespoken, our online community.
Our recent ‘AGM with a difference’ saw us, along with L&D Services, work around the clock to build a “home expo style” walk-through version of the concept home in less than 24 hours! Blackwood’s smart technology care project - CLEVER COGS - also took centre stage. Clever Cogs is our state-of-the-art system of connected touch screen devices which can influence almost everything in the house from the ability to open curtains, to switching on TVs, ordering shopping or planning care and support with family and friends.
Watch the amazing time lapse video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cirT3PtBQhU