Tangible Interaction on Tabletops for Elderly People

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6972)


The urge to improve the life of older adults grows as this segment of society expands. Computers have an enormous potential to benefit the lives of older adults, however, the unawareness or disregard of their characteristics, renders technology, many times, impossible to use. Peripherals are a common obstacle when learning to operate computers, because the most common ones do not directly map the input in the user interface. It has been argued that touch- and gesture-based user interfaces, due to their direct mapping of input, can reduce the obstacles that older adults face, when using the computer. To assess this, this paper presents a project that uses a multi-touch tabletop system as a gaming platform for older adults. Specifically, it reports on the low-fidelity prototype that was built to test whether tangible objects can be used. Conclusions regarding the viability of tangible objects for that purpose are also drawn.


Tangible objects Tabletop Games for elderly Natural User Interface Human-Computer Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Associação Fraunhofer Portugal ResearchEDIFICIO CENTRALPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Dept. Engenharia InformáticaFaculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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