Conference of Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015

The role of co-design in wearables adoption

Ageing and increases in longevity have become increasingly impactful in terms of emerging requirements for our built environments and designers face the challenge of creating enabling homes and spaces that support our changing needs. BESiDE Project at University of Dundee seeks to promote greater mobility, social connectedness and therefore wellbeing through better design. Care home residents are invited to use wearable technology to explore how well older adults living in care homes currently utilise their spaces. Though effective tools for data collection, wearables designed specifically for this age group often fail to engage their wearers. This paper details two co-design workshops with older adults to identify initial design requirements for wearables that meet their specific needs and capabilities. Our findings suggest that successful wearables prioritise comfort, utilize familiar materials and facilitate independent use.

Nevay, S. and Lim, C.S.C. 2015. The role of co-design in wearables adoption. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015, Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, 13-16 April 2015. ISBN 9781138028036. pp 109 -116.