SoundscapePillow; a design for creating personalised auditory experiences for people with dementia

Daniel van Pel, Maarten Houben, Berry Eggen

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This paper explores how we can design personalised auditory experiences for people with dementia (PwD). We introduce a new product design called the SoundscapePillow. The SoundscapePillow is a long tubular shape changing pillow that enables personalised auditory experiences for PwD by listening to (nature) soundscapes. The built-in sound system produces these soundscapes to empower the PwD to relax, to reduce agitation, and to remember experiences from the past. In combination with an accompanying App the experience can be personalised for the PwD. The concept was put in practice by conducting two small scale explorative user tests with a prototype of the concept. This paper discusses the insights gained from the design process of the SoundscapePillow, the concept itself, and what future work is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDementia Lab 2019. Making Design Work
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging with Dementia in Context - 4th Conference, D-Lab 2019, Proceedings
EditorsRens Brankaert, Wijnand IJsselsteijn
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-33540-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-33539-7
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2019
Event4th Dementia Lab Conference, D-Lab 2019 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Oct 201922 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference4th Dementia Lab Conference, D-Lab 2019
OtherDementia Lab 2019 : Making design work: engaging with dementia in context


  • Dementia
  • Design
  • Research through design
  • Soundscapes
  • Technology


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