Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project PACKAGE






Provision for improved lifestyles via Access to Consumer pacKAGEs

Short description

Many consumers, especially elderly people, blind or visually impaired persons, children, and frail persons, have problems in handling consumer packages: reading the ingredience list as well as opening the package.

The PACKAGE project aims at improvements that facilitate the handling of consumer packages by:

  • the development of internet-based product data-bases in several European countries and
  • the development of corresponding end-user devices (info devices) for the presentation of product information,
  • application of a consumer-friendly package design (design for all),
  • development of mechanical and electrical opening aids.

Focus of FTB

  • Setup of an Internet-based product database system
  • software development for the info devices

The idea for the universal access to product label information is based on the identification of a product via its bar-code (EAN), an automatically generated query to a product database and a disability related presentation of product information. These functions are provided by an info device. It enables even blind users to identify products at home and supports visually impaired people at shopping in a supermarket. Since it is able to check product descriptions for the presence of user-dependent ingredients (for diet or allergy) and to produce corresponding warnings, especially elderly people with special dietary needs benefit from the system. Principally the information printed on the package labels shall be provided in the internet database; but the system is open for further descriptions by the manufacturer or the supermarket, e.g. to support online-shopping.

Project partners

  • Dundee University, Dundee, UK (first project year only; general project leader)
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK(since second year; general project leader)
  • Lund University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sweden
  • Rehab Robotics Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  • Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  • Landsburgh Brothers Ltd, Carnoustie, UK

Project data

Duration: 2/2000 - 10/2003

Funding: co-funded by European Commission within the IST-Programme of the 5. Framework Programme

Contact persons at FTB

Last Updated at Tuesday, 16 July 2013