Sheng-Hung Lee Presents at Human Computer Interaction Conference on Wearables and Older Adults

by Adam Felts

AgeLab Graduate Research Assistant Sheng-Hung Lee presented a paper at the 2021 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII), titled “An Expert Interview Study of IoT Wearable Technologies for an Aging Population from Product, Data, and Society Dimensions.” This presentation was a part of a session titled “Emerging Technologies in an Aging Society” which was chaired by AgeLab Research Scientist Chaiwoo Lee.

The paper analyzed in-depth expert interviews to describe issues and insights related to the future design of wearable technologies for older adults. A total of thirty-one experts from the field of industrial design, user experience design, education, healthcare and medicine, cognitive science, IoT (Internet of Things), software engineering, electronics engineering, and aging research participated in the interview study.

The interviews were structured around three domains of inquiry: the design of wearable products; the collection, use, and storage of user data from wearables; and social factors relating to wearable adoption and use. The experts emphasized the need for a human-centered design approach for wearable products, focusing on the user experience and tasks the user will want the technology to perform. They noted the ethical and practical importance of informing and educating users about how their personal data will be collected and used. And they identified environmental sustainability as a consideration for the design of wearable products. These findings may be useful for the strategies of product developers, the concerns of policymakers, and the discernment of technology users and purchasers.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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