Adaptive relaxation space exhibited and evaluated in Denmark

The original relaxation space was built-up at the ExperienceLab of Philips. Several evaluations were conducted with the working community as well as with experts in the field of stress management, relaxation training and design. These initial results turned out to be promising and the prototype caught interest of various parties. As the original prototype was designed and built from scratch in only a few weeks time, it was not suitable to move it and reconstruct it at another location for further use. Therefore, a second more robust version of the adaptive relaxation space was made by Bruns (an engineering company making exhibition and museum installations). This second prototype was a heavy duty version with the purpose to work all day and for longer periods of time. Furthermore, it was designed modularly to facilitate the demonstration and use of the relaxation space in several locations.

The second prototype of the relaxation space was exhibited at the Hospital + Innovation Congress at Odense, Denmark (30 september – 1 october 2013). Topic of the international conference was “partnering for sustainable health care design”. The Congress was attended by 300 international visitors from the public and private sector. The relaxation space was set up at the central hall of the congress and attracted a lot of attention.

After being exhibited at the Hospital + Innovation Congress, the second prototype of the relaxation space was installed for further exploration at the Region of South Denmark Innovation Center located at the Science Park in Odense. There the relaxation space is used and evaluated everyday by visitors of the Innovation Centre. Furthermore, the relaxation space has been used in two workshops as a showcase to trigger topics for innovation. One workshop (5 december, 2013) focussed on light in psychiatry to provide psychiatric patients a better hospitalization and faster recovery. During this workshop manufacturers of lighting solutions for psychiatry, researchers, clinicians and counselors were introduced to new intelligent lighting solutions for psychiatric hospitals. Philips showed the relaxation space as an example of how intelligent lighting can have a relaxing effect on people in office environments. The second workshop will take place on 27th of February, 2014 and adresses new welfare technological possibilities with sound and audio. SDSI, Welfare Tech Region & Danish Sound have planned the workshop on sound and audio to inspire customers and collaborators with the latest products and knowledge on sound and audio used in the healthcare sector.
It focuses among others on how sound in the environment effects people, and the evidence behind music and sounds used in hospitals and municipalities.

Photo Credit: Ard Jongsma / Hospital + Innovation

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