Connected resources: a novel approach in designing technologies for older people

Iohanna Nicenboim, Masako Kitazaki, Tomo Kihara, Ana Torralba Marin, Martin Havranek

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In this paper, we describe three interactive prototypes of connected objects conceived as resources. Our aim with these prototypes is to demonstrate a new approach in designing connected technologies for elderly. This approach moves away from the stereotype of older people as frail and passive and addresses them as resourceful individuals. After presenting the design process and the prototypes, we discuss how to shift from the design of scripted products to the design of resources. This entails conceiving tools that can be used in various ways to support elderly’s existing competences of resourcefulness in activities they value.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5621-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
Conference number: 36


Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI 2018
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  • Gerontechnology
  • Internet of Things
  • Research through design
  • Resourcefulness

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