FOR AND WITH ELDERLY USERS"
In the publicly funded project AGE-Ing. (pronounced "ageing", grow old) wearables (portable devices) are developed for and with elderly people. Therefore, real users are directly involved in the product development process.
In the project, mobile electronics are developed, which enhance the safety and mobility of older people. Further details of our product will follow soon.
In order to evaluate our products in early design stages, we actively involve members of our senior user panel. To achieve this, we conduct surveys, observations and usability testing based on prototypes and design models.
We also use our user panel as part of consulting services for companies that want to optimize their products in a user-centered and age-appropriate manner. In accordance with the specific requirements of your product, we recruit test persons and perform usability and user experience tests. The services offered are described in more detail on our website www.USE-Ing.de.
Our user panel with over 100 active seniors has been built up over the last years during our research work at the Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design at the University of Stuttgart and is constantly evolving.
It is the end user himselve that has the expertise in support developers in capturing and taking into account all relevant needs and wishes in terms of optimal human-product interaction and handling.
So we conduct focus groups or extensive user studies to test products, prototypes and models with members of our user panel.
Are you interested in active participation in our user panel? Please send us a message via the contact form and we will be happy to get in touch with you.
Do you have any questions or suggestions concerning our project? Are you interested in exciting cooperations?
Then please feel free to contact us.
Institut für Konstruktionstechnik und Technisches Design
+49 0711 685-68219
+49 0711 685-66219
info( at )age-ing.design
Due to demographic changes, which are taking place globally and especially in Germany, there is a growing need for age-appropriate technology. The left chart shows the growing target group for the year 2030 on the basis of a prognosis of the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. Thus it is necessary to transfer the established methods and principles of user experience and usability design to the area of Gerontotechnology.
In this regard, we focus on an ergonomic and barrier-free, but at the same time non-stigmatizing and appealing design of technical products.
Key factors determing the quality of life of elderly are the capability of handling activities of daily lifing (ADL) and the maintenance of mobility. Appropriately designed technical products can support the sovereignty of elderly people into old age.
Among the major challenges of age-appropriate product development are adaptable and adaptive designs that adapt to the special needs of the users depending on the context of use. For this purpose, the products are equipped with appropriate sensors and actuators as well as intelligent control algorithms.
Das Projekt AGE-Ing. is supported by the German exist-programme which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy and the European Social Fund.