Tricked Out Appliances for Those On Wheels

These are some tripped out appliances. This product set right here is called “Spot.” It’s full title is “Spot – Appliance Design for All.” Why? Because it’s designed for people who’re confined to wheelchairs or (I’d imagine) just short in stature. Three appliances, a fridge, a dishwasher, and an oven, for the supreme ease of use for all. (Post preview for everyone: I vote fridge for winner, how about you?)

On the oven there’s of course a touchscreen digital interface as well as motorized elevator rails for ease of access. The stove in any average home is fairly low anyway, so this one might not look that different, but the slightly lower stature and that elevator exhaust will really make all the difference in the long run.

On the dishwasher there’s once again digital controls with a touch screen, easy-access dish rack on top, and a fold over cover. Same deal as the oven in that it appears pretty much the same as a conventional oven, but the slight modifications make the difference.

The refrigerator has a heck of a lot of unconventional differences from your average fridge, somuchso that I’d friggin love to own one fer sure. Sliding trays and bins, an electr-magnetic door latch system (intense!), and LED night lights activated by a person sneaking around for a midnight snack. Touchscreen digital interface (didn’t see that one comin, did ya?!) Music player (wait, what?) with USB port for plugging in your USB keys and unloading a bunch of music for storage and play. Holy crap biggest MP3 player EVER! And of course a control panel choc-full of options like time, date, temp, music control, LED control, security lock (for those electro-magnets), and other general preferences.

Holy god’s own refrigerator, Batman!

Designer: Hideki Kawata







  • brack says:

    It looks like the fridge has a slideaway door, I would suggest putting that on the stove and dishwasher as well. If your market are those with disabilities, I would consider getting rid of any hinging of the doors. Also, these designs could be improved by allowing the lower half of the wheelchair to pass underneath the bottomhalf of the appliance.

  • Marlene says:

    Are these energy efficient and made with recycled material? Small size fridge and other kitchen appliances are hard to find. Are these too heavy to put on a low cabinet? These could work well in the tiny galley kitchen in my condo.

  • Gary says:

    I like the concept but I have created a newer Concept that skips over about 10 years of engineering out the flaws for the end-users.

    While it does fill an need, there are several design flaws that limit the Retro-Fit for Kitchens and I am guessing this Fridge has a Weight issue to deliver it.

    I’m glad people are looking at more items for the Aged or disabled, but I’m trying to offer Equality and Social Justice.
    Disabled is a Word
    Prison is a Sentence

    Lets not confuse them where the diasbled become prisoners in a wheelchair with a Life Sentence for a crime they did not cause.

  • Jess says:

    While these appliances have some fantastic features, they have one niggling issue that totally prevents them from being “Appliance Design For All.” That issue is the touch screen.

    Unless that touch screen has some sort of coded texture or Braille on it, these designs are pretty useless for those who are blind or have low vision. Touch screens also aren’t fantastic for people who have fine motor control issues, as it’s difficult to land on the right button. This is especially true for those who may have tremors, such as individuals with multiple sclerosis or who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

    And what about people with cognitive disablities? Are the controls intuitive and simple to use, or are they needlessly complicated?

    If these are simply appliances designed for young people in wheelchairs with no other disabilities besides their legs not working, it’s all well and good. But if that’s the case, I think Hideki Kawata needs to choose a new working title.


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