The name is based on its appearance and because the movement and shape of the instrument reminded us of a cradle. But also because of the attention it gives to something that has been there since the beginning; the fact that it’s about something valuable: contact. You can also hold it in your arms. We searched for a name that was internationally relevant. Cradle could not be registered as a brand name because it is a noun. Then we removed the vowels. So, it’s called ‘Cradle’, but spelled ‘CRDL’.
The goal of the CRDL is to break the social isolation and re-define contact based on what is possible. We use communication that doesn’t depend on the cognitive skills, but rather on attention, patience and physical contact. We create a form of equality, whereby each participant has the opportunity to make contact and to enjoy each other’s influence and presence.
People with dementia are sensitive to sensory stimulation: changing movement, touch and sounds. The CRDL translates touch into sound. The belief that everyone during every stage of life has a primary need for personal attention and contact forms the basis behind the creation of the CRDL.
In order to translate contact into sound, it is important that there is a connection between at least two people and the CRDL. To create a circle or a closed circuit. The software and the electronics in the CRDL use the circle to recognise the movement and translate these into various sounds.
The CRDL can be used both 1-on-1 or in a group. People can extend the circle like links in a chain. The CRDL can also be used as a joint activity at the end of the day for a group of 8 to 12 people. This can also be extended to an even larger group.
You can change the sounds by pushing the button in the middle of the control panel.
It’s possible to work with your own sounds in CRDL. To do so, you can collect sound effects and link them to different gestures. It works best if you can connect the length of the audio fragment to the length of time of the touch.
You can record the (.wav) files you need using the audio recorder of your phone or download them from the internet. For instance, you can create an account and download free samples from a database on www.freesound.org.
After you have downloaded the sound fragments, you can simply copy them using the name of the gesture you would like to link them to, such as:
1. First Contact (short single tap): < 1 sec.
2. Stroking (stroking/rubbing): 3-5 sec.
3. Tapping (tapping/drumming): 3-5 sec.
4. Kneading (pinching/pressing): 2-3 sec.
5. Holding (holding): > 10 sec.
If you wish to connect a complete song or composition to a gesture it is best to do it using the gesture ‘Holding’. The fragment will continue to play for as long as you remain touching each other.
You also have the possibility of adding a background layer, ‘Ambience’. This is not linked to a specific gesture. The ambience helps to create a particular feeling / sound ambience.
You may be interested in the free short workshop we give regularly for CDRL users in Haarlem. From experience, we know that it can be helpful to work through the different steps together. To find out more, please contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CRDL works with a rechargeable battery. This means that the CRDL can be transported anywhere without cables or specific demands regarding location. The CRDL will need recharging after a consecutive use of around 5 - 6 hours. This can be done using the charging cable provided.
The CRDL costs €3,950 each (excl. Btw (Dutch sales tax)).
The CRDL can also be rented by a care institute for a period of 24 or 36 months, for a one-off down payment of €500 and monthly payments of €195 or €145 (all amounts are excluding Btw (Dutch sales tax)).
If a care institution is unable to buy the CRDL directly, due budget constraints, we can offer assistance to help make the purchase possible. The specially designed crowdfunding platform (WhyDonate.nl) enables you to collect donations until the target amount has been reached. In addition to the independent platform, we can also offer tips and give recommendations to ensure your fundraising campaign runs as smoothly as possible. We can help, for example with advice on using social media and by explaining the goodwill that employees and organisations can gain from their support.
The CRDL has a 24-month guarantee on the electronics. All other parts are covered under the standard guarantee. Damage to the CRDL due to external factors, incompetence or improper or incorrect use is not covered by the guarantee.