11.00 - 11.30 Nikki Holliday Creative approaches to assisted living technology development - existing technologies and new methodologies Assisted-living technology research and development seeks to create technologies to help those with long-term health conditions live independently for longer. The increasing availability and affordability of technologies such as 3D printing and smart-home technology allows the opportunity to consider using existing products in novel ways, decreasing the time taken to observed impact whilst removing the need for researchers and designers to ‘reinvent the wheel’. People with long-term health conditions (including older people) can be part of this drive for novel solutions utilising existing technology, however to ensure their full participation in research and design, we must be careful about the methods we employ. Creative methodologies (contrasted with traditional methods such as questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups) provide the opportunity to engage with people in a more inclusive manner, whilst encouraging the development of innovative solutions which are less likely to be abandoned by those they are intended to help.
28 Mar 2017
Naidex: Next Generation Assistive Technology Summit