Last night I ate a Hershey’s chocolate bar.
I used my teeth to open it, just like always. I open all my candybars that way (Top 5 – Take Five, Watchamacallit, Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat). In fact, pretty much anything with a wrapper is going to be unwrapped by my thumb-indexfinger-teeth combination.
As I ate that candybar, I was reminded of a video that someone (Gene?) posted on the Facebook page a long time ago. In the video, Kelley Styring examines the reality that we are indeed living in a one-handed world. All of us are. Even people with two hands are always holding something, right? A phone, a bag, a latte, a baby…it could be anything. And yet, consumer products are not created to be used with only one hand.
In the video, Kelley (who works as a Consumer Strategist for InsightFarm.com) goes to the One Arm Dove Hunt in Olney, Texas (the 41st annual just happend this last weekend!) to interview those with one hand and to see them interact with certain consumer products. There are some fantastic tips in the video, so make sure you watch it!
Personally, I don’t think much about how I use certain products, but the idea is intriguing. And empowering. I love that Kelley is looking to limb-different people for their insight and help, not necessarily how to make things easier for them. We can impact, on a global scale, how consumer products are created and packaged to make them easier for everyone to use. That’s pretty cool.
So, watch the video and then share your experiences. What are some of the hardest items for you or your child to open/use? What are some of the easiest? And this is for everybody, regardless of how many hands you have!