Get to Know: Kevin Chiam, 2018 Singapore Winner of the James Dyson Award
A chat with the 2018 winner on his plans for 'Folks' kitchenware30 March 2021
Q: What is your invention? Where did you get your inspiration from?
The simple task of preparing food can be difficult for visually-challenged individuals because they lack important sensory cues that help them use kitchens tools safely and effectively.
‘Folks’ is a series of familiar kitchen tools that uses natural, sensory feedback and tactile cues to help the visually-challenged prepare food safely with convenience and confidence.
Through voluntary work, I’ve met many elderly people who suffer from visual impairments due to medical conditions. Many of them have scabs and scars on their arms. This is evidence that they’ve hurt themselves from just preparing food in the kitchen.
Being curious, I decided to attend an event that allows people to experience what it is like to be visually challenged. Following that experience, I was inspired to develop products that would help them live out their daily lives at home with safety and dignity.