Hotels More Accessible for All

    Hong Kong, 15 November 2017 ————– Founder and Managing Director of Sepia Design Consultants Limited, Thomas Schmidt, AIA, LEED AP, was cited in the South China Morning Post for his innovative product design entry in the inaugural Bespoke Access Awards — an UK-based awards program emphasizing inclusive and accessible hotel design.  Schmidt’s entry consisted of a Bluetooth-connected wrist-mounted device which quietly assists guests with a wide range of disabilities or impairments in accessing their guestroom, and navigating throughout a hotel and its surrounding grounds.  After developing a friendship with an elderly gentlemen with Parkinson’s Disease, Schmidt added, “I was inspired to create such a device after seeing the difficulty my friend had in getting around Hong Kong — especially on his own.”  While still at the concept stage, Schmidt is currently sourcing venture capital to further develop his idea into a commercially-viable product.

    SCMP - 15 Nov 2017 Bespoke Access Article (3 downloads)

    Editor’s Note:  Thomas Schmidt, AIA, LEED AP is the founder of Sepia Design Consultants Limited, an award-winning design consultancy specializing in creative and sustainable design solutions for the hospitality industry.  Schmidt is also author and illustrator of the award-winning Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series which seeks to promote environmental and cultural awareness through entertaining mysteries and adventures, which was recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) through a 2010 Chapter Citation.

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