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Lowering the Threshold: Reconnecting Elderly Users with Assistive Technology Through Tangible Interfaces

  • Suhas Govind JoshiEmail author
  • Heidi Bråthen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9754)

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss tangible interfaces as an alternative to touch-based interfaces and report from a study where we ported traditional screen-based solutions to physical solutions in order to make information more accessible. Our research approach targets the needs of elderly users who struggle with using, or are unable to use, existing touch-based interfaces currently available in municipal care homes. In an attempt to make assistive technology more readily available to this group, we aim to draw on their existing knowledge, competence and habits when designing alternative assistive technology. We present a tangible alternative to an existing touch-based interface, and discuss how tangible interfaces can help assistive technology become more available and familiar, thereby lowering the threshold for use and making information more accessible.

Keywords

Tangible interfaces Assistive technology Elderly users 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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