A digital camera is an integral part of each PIP Kit. During initial discussions between the claimant and advisor, it is suggested to each claimant they could take a small number of photos of their kitchen and bathroom, of aids they use, and of any areas around their home they find problematic due to their health conditions or disabilities. With the claimant’s permission, these are subsequently used during the form-filling appointment to help discuss effects on preparing food, eating/drinking and washing/bathing and toilet needs, to help identify and evidence aids, and to discuss more broadly what difficulties they have, as these might help producing a fuller description on the claim form.
When the PIP Kit prototype was being developed, we identified a very reasonably-priced digital camera on offer at Argos. These were “Vibe 1080p HD 16MP Action Camera and Accessory Kit” which had rechargeable batteries, took 16 megapixel (4920 x 3264 pixel) digitally-stabilised images, were lightweight (340g), compact (58x40x25mm) and had 50mm LCD displays; they were available for £14.99 each. These cameras also had other features which are not required including taking video and connecting using WiFi. Other cameras will probably be suitable – check household, electrical and toy shops for options.
The cameras came with their own waterproof cases, but these made them larger and somewhat awkward-looking. And the cameras also had controls which were not needed for simple use, such as zoom and accessing the settings menu. Once the camera settings were configured and the MicroSD card inserted, the additional physical controls were simply a distraction, so a card was designed, printed and cut to make a disposable wrapper which masked the unnecessary controls and labelled the controls to turn it on, set picture mode (still image) and take a photo.
Ideogram Templatemaker’s basic design for card boxes (using the settings below) was modified by making cut-outs to expose the necessary controls, display screen and lens. Labelling for the controls and the PIP Kit, Open Lab and Newcastle University logos were added. The wrapper design file can be downloaded from Materials.
The following settings were used for the basic card box shape:
- Length 42mm
- Width 25mm
- Height 60mm
- Thumb hole diameter 0mm
- Tuck flap size 8mm
- Glue flap size 20mm
- Glue tab angle 80mm
- Material thickness 1mm
- Rounded corner radius 3mm
- Margin 20mm
- Paper size A4.
Note: Templates generated by Ideogram’s template maker are Copyright Ideogram 2019, and normally re-publication in print or any digital medium including the internet is not allowed by the licence. However, Templatemaker has very generously offered to permit publication of the design file for the sole use of being used in PIP Kit materials.
Thin paper card (160 gsm) was first put through a normal computer colour printer and second, the printed card was cut and scored using a laser cutter. The box was then made up and folded round the camera using a little sticky tape to secure the flaps. The wrap can be easily removed to access the MicroUSB port or to get to the controls to delete images and reformat the memory card, or just to swap the wrap for the next claimant’s PIP Kit.