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Title: Interactive material design for ageing
Authors: Tan, J 
Issue Date: Sep-2019
Abstract: This research investigates interactive material design for ageing within the context of environments and fashion. Technology was investigated from a design-led perspective with a co-design approach to bridge the disconnection between the design, technology and users. It is based on collaborations with HKSKH Welfare Council and Parson’s Openstyle Lab, working with older participants in Hong Kong and New York.
Interactive Material for Multi-Sensory Environments (MSEs)
In contrast to generic and obtrusive lighting products that are often used in current MSEs, the research is distinct in its use of Polymeric Optical Fibre (POF) textiles with integrated sensors that offer interactive illumination with tactile familiarity, offering the dual stimulation of sight and touch.
Interactive Materials for Universal Design
Existing universal clothing options are often limited to conventional, passive materials, the research investigates how the integration of interactive materials can contribute to the users’ functional needs and well-being.
The research methods and visual outcomes are original. New developments were made in the areas of material design and textile with technology integration with applications. Tan gained a HKD$1.25 million CreateSmart Initiative grant to further investigate these inquiries (2019). Related work included a journal publication; London Design Week exhibition (2018); invited showcase and public talk at the HK Gerontech and Innovation Expo (2018); peer reviewed exhibition at Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NY(2019) with exhibition book; invited public talks at TEDx, ArcinTex, Hongik University (S.Korea) with showcase and public talk at; finalist of 7th APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards (Singapore); television feature on PBS Newshour Weekend TV, USA (2018); successful competitive bidding of 2 PhD students for project sustainability.
This research had developed novel interactive textile design and design frameworks applicable for MSEs and fashion addressing the needs of the aging. The research process involved extensive testing, prototyping, consultation with NGOs, users, rehabilitation specialists, and engineers.
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