About CRDL [Cradle]
CRDL [Cradle] is an interactive instrument that enables a new form of non-verbal communication. It utilises the novel ability to translate interpersonal touch into sound to encourage physical contact between people.
CRDL helps to break the barrier of social isolation for people who normally experience difficulty in communication or social interaction, such as people suffering from dementia, autism, mental disabilities or visual impairment - and their loved ones.
Acting as an icebreaker, CRDL circumvents existing social constructs associated with intimacy and touch, and offers new possibilities for setting up intuitive, playful interactions.
The interaction starts when two users each place one hand on the CRDL and a physical connection is established between users. Through innovative technology CRDL can register and distinguish different gestures in the formed circuit and subsequently convert these into sounds.
All participants have equal opportunities to initiate and influence the interaction, regardless of their cognitive abilities. The instrument can be used in one-to-one interactions, or in larger groups by simply adding more participants to the circuit.
CRDL is manufactured and distributed internationally since 2017 by CRDLT BV and is currently in daily use in over 1.500 care-home locations in Europe. CRDL received wide acclaim in The Netherlands when it was awarded the National Care Innovation Prize in 2018 and was an Innovation Award Winner, Category Digital Health at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.
Crdl participated at the Senior Living Executive Conference organised by Argentum in May 2023 in New Orleans, LA.
During that conference we announced the appointment of Eugeria as our North American Distributor. Eugeria (US; www.eugeria.care) distributes high-quality innovative and dignifying solutions for persons with dementia. Used in senior living environments, technologies like CRDL improve quality of life of residents and increases staff work satisfaction.