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To meet the needs of all Group customers, EDF R&D's researchers use their skills in a variety of areas: IT, ergonomics, design, mechanics, robotics... bringing together a wide range of skills that have so enriched the Include project, design for all being the common thread. This project focuses all R&D's disability-related work.
A fundamental prerequisite is that web sites must be designed to be accessible by an compatible with existing technical aids. EDF's researchers draw up design recommendations based on international web accessibility rules to facilitate access to their sites.Since 2002, EDF R&D has been a member of the European Design for All network.
Since 2008, EDF R&D has been working on a project called "Coordination Handicap" which allows engineers to use their R&D knowledge to develop projects from their work.
Assisted aiming device for vision-impaired archers : ORION
Orion system was developed thanks to a joint grant with the Fédération Française Handisport and the Gipsa-Lab (Laboratoire de Traitement d'Image de Grenoble). It is an innovative product which consists of an automated aid to persons with a visual handicap (blind people and persons with a visual impairment) to enable them to practice archery. It can be adapted to any type of arch, pistol and rifle sold in the market. No adjustment of the shooting line is needed. The target does not require any piece of equipment. So, the blind and visually impaired people can practice archery with complete freedom during training and competition. The visually-impaired athlete equiped with this system can compete in any sports events with able-bodied archers. This innovation is recognized by a patent in June 2009.
A virtual reality simulator : ACCESSIM
A virtual reality simulator originated by a wheelchair-bound EDF engineer working on simulation tools to maintain in nuclear power plants allow us to simulate in urban environments for wheelchair users on a dynamic platform. Today, ACCESSIM is integrated in the "Centre de Ressources et d'Innovation Mobilité Handicap" (CEREMH).
A solid, light weight, folding , gliding board : PLIe'L
An EDF engineer specializing in the resistance of materials for dams created a solid, light weight folding gliding board easily stored on the back of the chair, that allows a wheelchair-bound person to move to other seats. This innovation is recognized by a patent from the INPI. The brand Plie'L was introduced in January 2008.
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