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Design-relevant characteristics of ageing users: Backgrounds and guidelines for product innovation

Series ageing and ergonomics

Author: Steenbekkers, L. P. A., van Beijsterveldt, C. E. M.
Year: 1998
Type: Edited Book


This book aims to provide product design-relevant data for elderly users by reporting on a laboratory study of design-relevant capacities of the elderly. In a study of 750 subjects aged 50 - 80+, and a group aged 20 - 30 for comparison, 80 variables important to product design were measured. The variables cover a variety of human characteristics, such as body and limb measurements, maximum forces exerted, speed of movements, eye-hand co-ordination, etc., as well as seeing, hearing, feeling capacities and aspects of memory. The interactions between all variables are considered using a parallel study design, including design characteristics, age and sex. Included are graphs, tables, statistical parameters, design guidelines, and examples of products with ergonomic and gerontechnological points of interest.

Further Details

Short Title Design-relevant characteristics of ageing users
Pages 433
Issue 1
Publish Location Delft
Publisher Delft University of Technology
ISBN/ISSN 9040717095
Accession Number July 2010

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