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Architecture engineering, Electrical and electronic engineering, Architectural design
The population of older adults will continuously increase over the coming decades. As they get older, people will require assistance and regular monitoring, with higher costs for welfare system and families. Two vital aspects of a healthy lifestyle, are domestic autonomy and maintenance of relationships within the neighborhood. This leads to an interesting research issue: “Could houses and appliances have the potential to improve autonomy and quality of life of citizens? Which methods and tools could enhance wellbeing and healthy conditions? The house has the potential to be a safe, adaptive environment, integrated with technologies for life support. This work seeks to investigate the key implications of architectural accessibility, interior Design features and interactive technologies, related to User Experience Design. The proposed Design approach called “Environment Design to Sustain Users” is based on a scenario composed of two empirical strategies. The reported research aims to support the creation of a new standard of houses in which people can live in a healthy way, enjoying the opportunities of ICT, which shall be “enabling” and integrated in an unobtrusive way so as to be accepted by the user.
Zallio, M., Berry, D. and Cassiddu, N. (2017) Adaptive Environments for Enabling Senior Citizens: An Holistic Assessment Tool for Housing Design and IoT-based Technologies. 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) - Reston, VA, USA, 12-14 December 2016. doi:10.1109/WF-IoT.2016.7845463
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