Enhancing the life of the elderly - An application of design thinking

Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Emily Yim Lee Au

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    Abstract

    Design thinking is a mindset to find a solution for a real need using an iterative method. Its fundamental philosophy is to empathize and reframe a problem so that one can innovate faster using systematic methods. In this study, we illustrate the use of design thinking to enhance the life of older people. A total of forty students from two universities spent 2 days talking and playing with senior citizens to evaluate and understand their daily activities, likes and dislikes. Based on observations, systematic interviews, and storytelling, a series of innovative products were designed. In this manuscript, two of them will be described. The first was an entertainment system called Memo-TV for those with short-term memory loss and the second, Shadow Play, was a means to enhance their upper body strength using an innovative and interactive game.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors
    EditorsRavindra S. Goonetilleke, Waldemar Karwowski
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Pages388-396
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9783030201418
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2020
    EventAHFE International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
    Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    Volume967
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

    Conference

    ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWashington D.C.
    Period24/07/1928/07/19

    Keywords

    • Design
    • Design thinking
    • Elderly
    • Internet of things

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