Wheelchair-based game design for older adults

Kathrin M. Gerling, Regan L. Mandryk, Michael R. Kalyn
2013 Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - ASSETS '13  
Few leisure activities are accessible to institutionalized older adults using wheelchairs; in consequence, they experience lower levels of perceived health than able-bodied peers. Video games have been shown to be an engaging leisure activity for older adults. In our work, we address the design of wheelchairaccessible motion-based games. We present KINECT Wheels , a toolkit designed to integrate wheelchair movements into motionbased games, and Cupcake Heaven, a wheelchair-based video game
more » ... ed video game designed for older adults using wheelchairs. Results of two studies show that KINECT Wheels can be applied to make motionbased games wheelchair-accessible, and that wheelchair-based games engage older adults. Through the application of the wheelchair as an enabling technology in play, our work has the potential of encouraging older adults to develop a positive relationship with their wheelchair.
doi:10.1145/2513383.2513436 dblp:conf/assets/GerlingMK13 fatcat:szpwko4wuzfedjhk6bizzm3fsa