The EU-funded multi-disciplinary DALi (Devices for Assisted Living) project aims to develop a semi-autonomous, intelligent mobility aid for older adults, which supports navigation in crowded and unstructured environments. We demonstrate the necessity to consider hitherto underexplored user-inclusive requirements which address psychological and socio-emotional needs of users. Using a qualitative methodology, including focus groups and interviews, our results showed that the design of the intelligent walker for older adults has to address issues of anticipated or experienced socio-emotional and psychological costs, including self-consciousness, pride, embarrassment, fear of being stigmatised and not wanting to admit a need. We suggest potential design strategies to increase emotional benefits and reduce psychological and emotional costs associated with use of assistive technology, thus facilitating product adoption.
|Publication status||Published - 29 May 2013|
|Event||6th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments - Rhodes, Greece|
Duration: 29 May 2013 → …
|Conference||6th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments|
|Period||29/05/13 → …|