Technologies for Future Self: Aging Across the Life Span

This project explores the design of assistive and wearable technologies, such as emergency alarms, for older adults. Many of these technologies are designed with prevention or detection in mind, prioritising families and those with close relations to older adults as the primary user groups. This research investigates opportunities to empower older adult users by examining their emotional goals, qualities and functionalities that they desire to experience when using such technologies.

Illustration credit: Angeline Mayasari

Throughout this project, we leverage narrative techniques and design fictions, to particularly reflect on the sociotechnical tensions, and psychological and political consequences of using technologies in the everyday lives of aged users. As a result, we contribute new methodological perspectives for working closely with older adults, capturing their dreams and advancing community-led design justice to support sustainable ageing in place.

  • Dr Naseem Ahmadpour
  • Ajit Pillai
  • A Baki Kocaballi
  • Dr Sonja Pedell