IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
The ACT fire extinguisher is designed to fit into a modern interior, not hidden from view like traditional extinguishers. It can be moved and operated with only one hand, and does not require users with strong arms and hands. In addition, the solution integrates ICT, enabling it to react with light and sound when the fire alarm is activated. When the extinguisher needs service or replacement, the owner is alerted in a text message to the cell phone. ACT represents an interesting example of how ICT can make traditional products more user-friendly.
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The ACT fire extinguisher
This document was first published 24.03.2010, and updated 01.10.2012.