17th May 2018, Do Company announces:
The World’s first Sensory Nook will be making its debut at The Clerkenwell Design Week 22nd – 24th May 2018.
A revolutionary innovation transforming the wonderfully versatile Nook meeting space into a mobile publicly accessible support unit for people with disability and special needs.
Sensory Nook is the product of a collaboration with sensory technology specialists AmbiSpace Ltd. Their business is normally focused on design and build of fixed sensory rooms to support people with special needs in schools and care homes. The modular design of the Nook is the perfect platform for the seamless integration of accessible technology. Its portable nature means specialist sensory resources can be provided where space is at a premium or as a temporary inclusive provision at public events.
The Sensory Nook firstly provides a refuge in busy environments for personal wellbeing by reducing noise and creating a sense of privacy without isolation. Added to this is a range of specialist equipment designed to positively influence the mood and behaviour of the occupants. This works to calm or stimulate people with sensory integration disabilities such as Autism and Dyslexia. It can help them cope with challenging environments, reduce anxiety levels before they reach meltdown and in so doing prevent challenging behaviour. The result of this is less exclusion and much greater opportunity to access experiences most people take for granted.
The Sensory Nook launching at Clerkenwell Design Week is the first of its kind. This prototype features an interactive LED light tube, LED colour change lighting, twinkling fibre optics, soothing vibration, scent and Bluetooth sounds. It will demonstrate the quality of experience and how effective a Sensory Nook can be in a lively and stimulating environment.
Together, Nook and AmbiSpace are creating accessible technology that can be taken where and when it is needed most, removing barriers to people with special needs in public places.
AmbiSpace are sensory technology specialists.
They design products and environments that adapt to meet the individual needs of people who use them. Learning is made dynamic and engaging, the work place is more productive and creative, everyday places become accessible and supportive to people with special needs and disabilities. The award winning designers at AmbiSpace are working in collaboration with the equally innovative people at Nook. They are adding adaptable sensory technology to the emotionally intelligent Nook mobile workspace. Personalised wellbeing and disability support can now be easily accessed in work and public places for a better life experience.
There are three models that make up the new Sensory Nook range.
Each one using integrated sensory technology to provide an enhanced personal experience.
Sensory Nook – Light
This mobile sensory space is loaded with interactive and tactile technology to support people with special needs. It has a fully controllable calming or stimulating effect. Integrated equipment includes an interactive infinity tunnel and Led Light tube for visual stimulation calming and cause and effect responses, fibre optic tails with UV colour enhancement support visual impairment and provide a calming tactile element, fibre optic carpet fitted to the wall adds a relaxing starlight quality in a tactile format. A mirror panel helps to make the space appear larger and is a way for people with communication difficulties to observe and connect to the world indirectly giving a sense of security. The lilac coloured vinyl padded floor has a soothing effect for people on the autistic spectrum and is a strong, comfortable and hygienic material.
Sensory Nook – Escape
Public places can become overwhelming for people with special needs, particularly those on the autistic spectrum. This Sensory Nook provides a closed in space that gives a sense of security and calm. The comfortable padded base has gentle vibration built in for a soothing effect. UV lighting creates a calming glow while the walls and ceiling are covered with twinkling fibre optic carpet for a safe relaxing focus. With the retractable screen closed and the Bluetooth sound system playing it becomes an oasis of calm in which to escape and reduce anxiety levels before they reach crisis point.
Sensory Nook – Support
The Nook is already an amazing emotionally intelligent workspace for one to one and group working. The sensory enhancements take it a step further by including precise colour spectrum selection and light intensity controls. In combination with scent and air circulation it produces an encapsulated environment to positively influence mood, reduce challenging behaviour and lower anxiety levels. This is a highly inclusive adaptable space particularly effective for people with dyslexia and autism.
The team at AmbiSpace have been designing and producing innovative sensory product for the last 10 years. We are always looking for new ways to use technology to make the modern world more accessible not just for people with disabilities but for everyone to be able to come together in shared experiences. When I first saw the Nook Pod my immediate reaction was wow, I wish I had thought of that! It is such a clever use of space. From a quick email and a longer phone conversation with David, we discovered a kindred spirit and a positive approach that has lead to the creation of the new Sensory Nook range, a technology filled modular Pod to help people find a space that adapts to their personal needs in everyday places. This includes schools, work places, shopping malls, public facilities and even places for fun leisure activities. Sensory Nook could make the difference between someone with autism being able to join in with everyone else or being excluded.
Kevin Wheatley, managing director, AmbiSpace Ltd