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Water Level-Indicating Cups

This Coffee Cup Cautions the Visually Impaired

— July 13, 2013 — Art & Design
For those with visual impairment, small tasks like pouring hot water into a cup can be dangerous -- this is why designer Soon-sik Choi created this innovative coffee cup concept to aid those who can't see.

The Xylophone Cup's handle is specially designed. It is levered so that when filled with a certain amount of water, it flicks downward against the glass cup. Because of the materials of the handle and cup, this contact makes an audio cue of crystal clear sound, similar to the sound of a xylophone.

Soon-sik Choi's design is not only well-engineered, but it touches upon the small issues that visually impaired people experience. The cup is easy to use and promotes safety so that people don't burn themselves from pouring hot water.
Trend Themes
1. Accessible Design - Designing products with features that aid visually impaired individuals, such as water level-indicating cups.
2. Assistive Technology - Developing innovative tools and devices that help individuals with disabilities perform daily tasks, such as the Xylophone Cup for the visually impaired.
3. Inclusive Consumer Products - Creating products that cater to a diverse range of users, including those with visual impairments, like the coffee cup concept by Soon-sik Choi.
Industry Implications
1. Product Design - Opportunity for product designers to incorporate accessibility features into their designs, such as water level-indicating cups for the visually impaired.
2. Assistive Technology - Innovation in the field of assistive technology to develop devices and tools that enhance the daily lives of individuals with disabilities, like the Xylophone Cup.
3. Household Goods - Expansion of inclusive consumer products in the household goods industry, addressing the needs of visually impaired individuals, such as the coffee cup concept.
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