"Isn't this Marvelous"

Yolande Strengers, Melisa Duque, Michael Mortimer, Sarah Pink, Rex Martin, Larissa Nicholls, Ben Horan, Alicia Eugene, Sue Thomson
2022 Designing Interactive Systems Conference  
HCI research involving older adults has typically focused on improving technology skills, mobility and health outcomes. Technology for positive ageing emphasizing creativity, inquisitiveness and resourcefulness is less commonly explored. This article builds on this research to contribute an understanding of the importance of curiosity, play and experimentation in supporting positive wellbeing outcomes for older adults living with smart home devices. The research was conducted in regional
more » ... ia by an aged care provider and two universities. Twenty-three households participated in the interdisciplinary in-home ethnographic and technological smart device trial that included voice assistants, robotic vacuums, smart kettles and smart lights. The article discusses routines and interactions involving these devices, which resulted in wellbeing outcomes that built participants' digital living skills. These fndings inform concluding recommendations about how to design smart home devices, aged care programs and services involving emerging technologies, to support positive ageing.
doi:10.1145/3532106.3533502 fatcat:n7q5pznyz5bmfligrcljicsque