Enabling Personal Mobility Across the Life Span. This is the theme of the 2nd Design Challenge from the Stanford Center on Longevity announced in September 2014. Recently the eight project finalists were announced, with the top prize scheduled for April 9, 2015. This is one of those initiatives that I hope continues, because it does promote the use of technology while at the same time involves inter-generational connectivity.
The Design Challenge encourages students to develop products to serve the needs of older adults. Not to get too detailed, it’s worth noting again that one of the design consideration points in UI/UX design where memory meets mobility; and further still all the sensory and “psychosocial” factors are in the mix of creativity.
As I did with the 2013-14 Stanford Longevity Design Challenge, here are my top three choices based on the brief descriptions. Last year, one of my choices did make third place, so let’s see how close I am this time.
Fitness Hunt. Smartphone based app using social (inter-generational) interaction to increase physical activity in the home.
Luna Lights. Sensor based lighting system for mobility in the dark to reduce the risk of falls at night.
Flipod. Bed rotation device for non-ambulatory people that allows increased independence without the aid of a caregiver.
Interesting variety of practical products with creative designs. Without being in the room to hear the presentations, it would seem these three choices also neatly fit age-friendly product marketing criteria.
Refresher – last year’s winner, Eat Well.