Title: A method to identify VR-based set-up to foster elderly in design evaluation

Authors: Maura Mengoni; Damiano Raponi; Silvia Ceccacci

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematic Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematic Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematic Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

Abstract: User involvement during design process is an important issue in inclusive design (ID). To this purpose, in the last years, virtual reality (VR) technologies have been introduced to construct virtual prototypes, in order to allow test with users even at the end of the conceptual design phase. The present paper aims to propose a method to support the selection of VR interaction technologies, which can be suited by end users accordingly to their physical and cognitive abilities. The proposed method is applied in order to compare the main VR interaction technologies with the objective to identify an optimal low-cost VR set-up to involve elderly people in evaluation of an innovative concept of kitchen environment which implement smart grid and home automation technologies.

Keywords: 3D user interfaces; user centred design; inclusive design; home environment; virtual prototypes; augmented reality; virtual reality; mixed prototyping; haptic devices; user involvement; design process; physical abilities; cognitive abilities; elderly; old people; kitchen environment; smart grid; home automation; senior citizens.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIEI.2016.074501

International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics, 2016 Vol.4 No.1, pp.46 - 70

Received: 14 Feb 2015
Accepted: 04 Aug 2015

Published online: 01 Feb 2016 *

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