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Design Considerations for Leveraging Over-familiar Items for Elderly Health Monitors

  • Edward Wang
  • Samantha Ipser
  • Patrick Little
  • Noah Duncan
  • Benjamin Liu
  • Shinsaku Nakamura
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8028)

Abstract

Japan is facing the phenomenon of an aging population. Elderly individuals in Japan are becoming increasingly isolated, with no one to look after him or her as the elderly individual’s health deteriorates. To prevent this decline in elderly individuals, the Japanese government has been introducing various devices to monitor the health of elderly individuals. However, existing products in Japan do not fully address customer needs because they focus solely on functionality. As a result, elderly individuals that do not depend on monitoring may find the system too inconvenient. However, it is still important for elderly individuals in good health to be monitored to identify risks and prevent a decline in health. Therefore, health monitor designers must reduce the inconvenience to the user caused by systems that monitor elderly individuals.

Keywords

User Interface Health Monitoring Gernotechnology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Wang
    • 1
  • Samantha Ipser
    • 1
  • Patrick Little
    • 1
  • Noah Duncan
    • 1
  • Benjamin Liu
    • 1
  • Shinsaku Nakamura
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringHarvey Mudd CollegeClaremontUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKogakuin UniversityShinjukuJapan

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