How can we, as designers, understand what an elderly person needs from the environment to increase their competency? To answer that question, this form challenged itself to find a way to create empathy for elderly users in any physical environment. To accomplish this, designers utilized both an “aging body” suit and a virtual reality (VR) environment that mimicked the changing vision of the elderly. Using a pre-/post-study design, they utilized a questionnaire on empathy and conducted post-VR interviews. This presentation will share their findings and the implications for design, and will also provide a hands-on demonstration of the experiment.
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