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Older Adults with AMD as Co-Designers of an Assistive Mobile Application

Hakobyan, L., Lumsden, J. and O'Sullivan, D. (2014). Older Adults with AMD as Co-Designers of an Assistive Mobile Application. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, 6(1), pp. 54-70. doi: 10.4018/ijmhci.2014010104

Abstract

In the UK, 20% of people aged 75 years and over are living with sight loss and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, impacting nearly 10% of those over 80; regrettably, these figures are expected to increase in coming decades as the population ages (RNIB, 2012). This paper reports on the authors’ design activities conducted for the purpose of informing the development of an assistive self-monitoring, ability-reactive technology (SMART) for older adults with AMD. The authors reflect on their experience of adopting and adapting the PICTIVE (Plastic Interface for Collaborative Technology Initiatives through Video Exploration) participatory design approach (Muller, 1992) to support effective design with and for their special needs user group, reflect on participants’ views of being part of the process, and discuss the design themes identified via their PD activities.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Mobile Assistive Technology, Older Adults, Participatory Design, User-Centered Design (UCD)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3792
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