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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 environment and fashion. Technology was investigated from a design-led perspective with a co-design approach to link design, technology, and users. It is based on collaborations with the HKSKH Welfare Council and Parson’s OpenstyleLab, andis involved with working with older participants in Hong Kong and New York.
Interactive Materials for Multi-Sensory Environments (MSEs)
In contrast to generic and obtrusive lighting products that are often used in current MSEs, this research is distinct in its use of Polymeric Optical Fibre(POF) textiles with sensors that offer interactive illumination with tactile familiarity and dual stimulation of sight and touch.
Interactive Materials for Universal Design
Existing universal clothing options are often limited to conventional or passive materials. This research investigates how the integration of interactive materials can contribute to the users’ functional needs and well-being.
New developments were made in the area of textile design with technology integration and applications. Tan was awarded a HKD$1.25 million CreateSmartInitiative grant to further investigate these inquiries (2019). Related work included the following: a journal publication; a London Design Week exhibition (2018); an invited showcase and public talk at the HK GerontechExpo (2018); a peer reviewed exhibition at Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NY(2019) with exhibition book; invited public talks at TEDx, ArcinTex, HongikUniversity (S.Korea) with a showcase and public talk; a finalist award at the 7th APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards (Singapore); a television feature on PBS Newshour Weekend TV, USA (2018); and, a successful competitive bidding of 2 PhD students for project sustainability.
This research 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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