Väärtus is about value and pride. Arthritis is a problem occurring with our aging population; the need for medical aids to perform everyday tasks is apparent. Current assistive devices are clumsy, undependable, impermanent, poorly made, unhelpful and ugly. People who require aids don’t want to use them. Vaartus is the opportunity to bridge the gap between what is currently available and the demand set out by a modern aging audience seeking value and independence.

The keychain is designed in three sizes with a loop handle and a side-slot to fit key interchangeably to create a lever motion for individual keys of various sizes

My evaluation of success is how valuable my users find my project. Each piece has been thoughtfully designed to benefit the user and bring value and independence to their lives.

Väärtus is assistive jewellery that empowers women with arthritis

nippu keychain small fits true to ring size 7


IN: 3.579 w x 0.652 d x 1.307 h
CM: 9.09 w x 1.656 d x 3.32 h


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@rliivamagi Aha, I see. I will definitely have to keep an eye on your shop. I want to get one for my mom. :3
June 20, 2013, 11:03 pm
@Oscelot : I have printed it several times in steel but for some reason the steel is thicker than any other material, which makes it stiffer and harder to switch up the keys. I am currently adjusting the model for steel and it should be available soon. Steel is definitely the most affordable and durable option but I didn't want to put it up until it served my users ideally. Thanks for your input!
June 20, 2013, 8:57 pm
@sparkywan. Totally valid point. I have done extensive user testing with this and in steel or silver it is very durable. The slot is big enough that it accommodates different sized keys and they can be changed easily when desired, but still hold still in the slot when in use. None of the keys I used during testing ever broke, as the user tends to hold the keychain closer to the key. Thanks for your input, suggestions are always welcome.
June 20, 2013, 8:54 pm
This is a good idea, but I'm concerned that the person with arthritis will have trouble loading their key into the device even before they try to align the key with the lock. Also, key and lock parts are typically made from brass and are therefore a bit delicate and will snap if too much force is applied. I appreciate the overall problem that you are trying to solve here, but I'm afraid that you are just giving the user way too much leverage for such a delicate device -the key will break off in the lock during use.
June 20, 2013, 8:45 pm
This is a great idea, but the price point is ridiculous. Please, offer it in steel so it can be both usable AND affordable.
June 20, 2013, 7:40 pm
Why is it not offered in steel?
June 20, 2013, 7:11 pm


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