Participatory design for future care related technologies: lessons from the Smart Distress Monitor Project
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AbstractThe impact of care related technology on older people’s health and well-being is growing constantly and at a rapid pace. Participatory approaches to the design and development of care related technology have become increasingly common; however, these approaches have often included older people simply as test participants, rather than co-researchers, in the evaluation of developing technologies. This paper presents a participatory project involving older people in the design and development of an intelligent activity/inactivity monitoring system for domestic environments. In order to be successful, the development of such a system must be viewed less as a technological challenge and more as the creation of an integrated socio-technical system in which technology is functional to the people and organisations involved.
CitationPratesi, A., Sixsmith, J. & Woolrych, R. (2012). Participatory design for future care related technologies: lessons from the Smart Distress Monitor Project. In International Community Psychology: Approaches to Contemporary Social Problems Vol. II. (pp. 183-195). Puebla, México: Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla.
PublisherUniversidad Iberoamericana Puebla
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