Designing Tablet Computers for the Elderly A User-Centered Design Approach

  • Nicole JochemsEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9754)


The fast aging of many western and eastern societies and their increasing reliance on information technology create a compelling need to reconsider older users’ interactions with computers. Changes in perceptual and motor skill capabilities that often accompany the aging process bring important implications for the design of information and communication technologies. This paper summarizes different methods integrated into a user-centred design approach to develop design concepts for a tablet computer, focussing on the needs and wishes of the elderly. Therefore, current tablet computers were compared respective their applicability und usability. Furthermore, based on the results of a questionnaire, elevating the needs of the user group two design concepts were developed and evaluated.


Demographic change Aging computer users Tablet computers User centered design 



The questionnaire and aspects of the layouts were development as part of a student work. Thanks to Daniel Grosche, Adrian Göbbels, Marco Schwandt and Florian Thaeter as well as Prof. Martin Leucker.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Lübeck, IMISLubeckGermany

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