Design studies in the context of the inDAgo research project
THE INDAGO RESEARCH PROJECT
As people become older, an increasing number depends on assistance in their everyday lives so as to be able to continue participating in social life. As part of the “inDAgo” research project focusing on the regional mobility of seniors in their everyday life, based on the example of the German city of Darmstadt, we collaborated with partners from the world of business and research to develop a service network that supports seniors in keeping up their mobility and orientation in public spaces.
The inDAgo Assistant is at the core of the system. It accompanies users during public transport rides, takes over the automatic payment process for the ride and offers access to an assistance network in emergencies. In a cooperation with the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, we analyzed the requirements for navigational assistants for public spaces. In developing route and time schedules we took the users’ individual needs as well as their restrictions and abilities into account.
INTERACTION DESIGN STUDIES
Together with Interaction Design students from the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, we developed prototypes of reminder tools that make the solutions tangible. These range from experimental companions all the way to complex interaction strategies with connected everyday objects.
a key that enables users to carry all the information they need with them
a digital bracelet that visualizes route and time, taking their correlations into account
a watch serving as a navigational system that can be enlarged on public displays
SPIRIT GUIDE & LOCATION BADGE
While the students focused on wearables in accessories, we worked on a smart coat: Spirit Guide is a garment that is connected to the Internet. When you attach a so-called Location Badge to it, it receives all the necessary information to get the wearer to the destination. In our sensoric prototype, navigational data in the badge is transmitted to an Arduino-based navigational system within the coat via NFC. Vibrating shoulder pads direct the Spirit Guide wearer through the city and react to sudden route changes. An additional smart watch visualizes more complex routes, including timetables and public transport information.
Prof. Steffi Hußlein (PM), Ximena Castellanos, Arina Fix, Malte Fesser, Katharina Herzog, Melyssa Knorreck, Laura Velasco, Patrick Voglau