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Designing IT for Older People
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)
2006 (English)In: Exploiting the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications and Case Studies, PTS 1 AND 2, IOS Press, 2006, 1523-1530 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Older people are largely excluded from the use of new information and communication technology (IT), a fact which contributes to the tendency for them to become socially isolated and under-stimulated TO understand any group of users, the design team needs to get to know them. Spending time with older people, especially observing and participating in their normal social activities, provides many clues on which to base design decisions. Older people with memory problems often cannot learn new skills, or at least cannot retain them. However, longstanding knowledge remains. For this reason, a design based around an interaction metaphor from earlier technology can prove effective. We briefly introduce the MAMA (Mobile Augmented Memory Aid) project, and describe the hardware and software prototypes that have resulted so tar. We go on to present Five design principles developed during the project, as a general approach to designing technology for older users. We indicate future work and how our approach can be applied more generally in the area of eInclusion.

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IOS Press, 2006. 1523-1530 p.
, Information and Communication Technologies and the Knowledge Economy, ISSN 1574-1230 ; 3
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-76485ISI: 000269485400183ISBN: 978-1-58603-682-9OAI: diva2:636703
Available from: 2013-07-11 Created: 2013-07-09 Last updated: 2014-10-14

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