Doro partners with university to develop avatar facilitating design of easy-to-use consumer products
Press releaseLund, 1 February 2010 Doro partners with university to develop avatarfacilitating design ofeasy-to-use consumer products Doro is an industrial partner in a European Union funded research projectworking to create an avatar, an advanced Virtual User Model, for thedevelopment of adapted and easy-to-use products for people with special needs.In the project, named VICON, Doro is cooperating with well-reputed scientificinstitutions as University of Bremen, Fraunhofer FIT, RNID and CNIB, amongothers. The EU initiated the project with the aim of preventing the marginalization ofpeople with impaired vision, hearing and mobility. The project will initiallyfocus on two product categories that are important for people in their dailylives, washing machines and mobile phones. The primary target group is thegrowing number of seniors. “It feels great to partner with a prestigious university and combine scientificapproaches with our pragmatic culture. This enables an exchange of ideasbetween experts on disabilities and how to improve future product design,” saysDoro's President and CEO Jérôme Arnaud. “At the same time, as a category leaderand an European SME, we feel we have an important role to play in contributingto the development and dissemination of new tools integrating the needs ofseniors at an early stage in the design of consumer products”. As the category leader in Care Telecoms, this is an area where Doro is alreadyat the fore with its easy-to-use mobile phones. “In our surveys of people's needs - and in our sales - we have already noticedthat easy-to-use mobile phones and other consumer products, such as easy-to-usetelevision remote controls are proving highly useful. We are able to applyknowledge and intelligent design to help people continue to use technology asthey did prior to their disability,” says Jérôme Arnaud. Doro will participate in the definition, validation, dissemination and thepotential commercialization of the project's results. Ultimately, the EU hopesthat the project will also enhance the competitiveness of European technologycompanies. Jérôme Arnaud, President and CEO, Doro AB, +46 70 918 55 42, Annette Borén,+46 706 300 009, Thomas Bergdahl, Deputy CEO, Doro AB and Dissemination Managerfor the VICON project, +46 70 771 02 02.Facts about the project VICON:Virtual User Concept for Inclusive Design of Consumer Products and UserInterfaces (VICON) is a project in the EU's seventh framework program, alsoknown as FP7. This is the EU's main instrument for funding frontier research inEurope and it is valid from 2007 to 2013. More information on cordis.europa.euThis is information that Doro AB (publ) is required to publish in accordancewith the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial TradingAct. This information was submitted for publication on Monday, February 1,2010, at 10:00 a.m. CET. About DoroDoro is a Swedish company focusing on the development, marketing and sales oftelecom products specially adapted to the growing worldwide population ofseniors. With over 35 years of experience in telecommunications, and sales inmore than 30 countries on 5 continents, Doro is the world's leading brand foreasy-to-use mobile phones. Doro created the Care Electronics category and inrecent years our products have received several highly distinguishedinternational design awards. The company had sales of SEK 363 m in 2008. Doro'sshares are quoted on the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm, Nordic list, Smallcompanies. Read more about Doro at www.doro.com.