Shifting from living labs to experiential design landscapes (EDL)

C.J.P.G. Megens, M.M.R. Peeters, C.C.M. Hummels, A.C. Brombacher

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Innovative interventions are often needed to disrupt current situations, creating new opportunities for sustainable growth. The size and amount of computing power we carry with us is increasing everyday and thus provides new opportunities for designing disruptive and radical innovative intelligent products, systems and related services that enable people to change their lives, to change (transform) society and move towards substantial and sustainable solutions. Designing for these types of transformation however is not easy. Firstly, in the new technological opportunities lie also the dangers of fully aiming at ‘the how’ (technological means) and totally overlooking ‘the why’ (human values, meaning etc.). Secondly, creating these type of transformations on a societal level often needs a long process with a high degree of structural uncertainty. It is difficult to predict whether new concepts will lead to sustainable behavioral change and for instance an active and healthy lifestyle. For industry it is therefore very unappealing and difficult to try to create and introduce these radical and disruptive innovations without a solid basis of evidence. Over the last years Living Labs have been promoted to involve customers directly in product development to validate products in a near-everyday-living environment. In spite of its successes, for the class of intelligent products and systems this method has failed. In response to this we proposed the Experiential Design Landscape (EDL) for developing and testing new radical innovative concepts in everyday life with citizens towards sustainable transformation. Since ambient assisted living is moving more and more towards intelligent systems, products and services, we are developing the EDL method to be used e.g. for ambient assisted living. This paper describes the EDL method in comparison with living labs and shows example projects using the EDL method
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow in sight : from design to delivery : European Innovation in Ambient Assisted Living : proceedings of the AAL Forum, 24-27 September 2012, Eindhoven
EditorsA. Berlo, van, H. Heuvel, van den, H.H. Nap, I. Bierhoff, W. Rijnen
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherSmart Homes
ISBN (Print)978-90-819709-1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 Official Conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL Forum) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 24 Sep 201227 Sep 2012


Conference2012 Official Conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL Forum)
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