20 Jul 2023

Spotlight on safety

An AI-enabled smart lamp could help people live independently for longer by detecting and preventing falls. The device hangs in the middle of the room and can sense when a person has fallen. It immediately contacts a carer and is fitted with voice technology that means they can speak to the patient. When the carer arrives, the person’s home will be automatically unlocked.

The Nobi lamp is one of the winners of this year’s Design in Mental Health Awards, which recognise projects that “embody exemplary design, community spirit and the very latest innovations in mental health”.

Also honoured in the awards was Ireland’s National Forensic Mental Health Service hospital for the design of its outdoor spaces. The buildings are placed around a landscaped ‘village green’ area which allows users to safely access shared spaces. The wards also have their own outside spaces with exercise equipment and gardens to improve wellbeing. Trees and meadows are also used to ensure the hospital’s secure perimeter fence isn’t visible.

Other winners include a one-key system that means nurses don’t have to carry multiple keys, a therapeutic allotment project and an art installation at a Danish hospital.

See the full list of winners.

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