Our research explores how older adults perceive wellbeing in their later years and aims to collaboratively design personalised Internet of Things devices that align with their understanding of wellbeing. Australia’s aging population is under pressure in rapid growth, and new forms of technology such as the IoT has the potential to support older adults in maintaining their independence and agency for as long as possible. Typical framing of these kinds of work focuses on the negative physiological, cognitive, emotional, and social experiences with technology designed to monitor decline or frailty. We propose a holistic approach to understand, connect, and interface with technologies and people (including older adults, friends/family, healthcare services, and researchers) for older people’s continuous engagement with their wellbeing through personal data and novel forms of technology.
- Ambe, Aloha May, Soro, Alessandro, Johnson, Daniel, Brereton, Margot (2022) From Collaborative Habituation to Everyday Togetherness: A Long-Term Study of Use of the Messaging Kettle. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 29 (1), pp.Article number: 3.