Integrating Cooperative Design and Innovative Technology to Create Assistive Products for Older Adults

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Abstract

With a focus on increasing quality of life and independence for older adults, the
MATUROLIFE project aims to utilise smart textiles in the development of desirable assistive products (specifically footwear, clothing and furniture). The project integrates designers, with researchers and technologists from a range of disciplines in a multidisciplinary team to facilitate design-driven innovation. This paper will outline the approach taken to building empathy and understanding with the wants, needs and requirements of the older adult population in Europe and thus bring a human-centric focus to the MATUROLIFE project. Collaboration with end-users and stakeholders as well as between partners during the co-creation process is central to the ongoing research and development approach.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2019
EventInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019: DESIGN REVOLUTIONS - Manchester School of Art Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20195 Sep 2019

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period2/09/195/09/19

Keywords

  • Assistive technology
  • Smart textiles
  • Co-design
  • Co-creation
  • Independence
  • Multidisciplinary design

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    Yang, D., Moody, L., & Cobley, A. (2019). Integrating Cooperative Design and Innovative Technology to Create Assistive Products for Older Adults. Paper presented at International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019, Manchester, United Kingdom.