A Review of Age-Related Characteristics for Touch-Based Performance and Experience

  • Jing Liao
  • Jianan Lou
  • Qifei Wu
  • Min Zou
  • Linfeng ZhengEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10926)


Touchscreens are considered as a friendly interface for elderly people. However, a gap between young users and older users was still observed in either interaction performance or user experience. Although previous studies have identified the gap is associated with age-related characteristics, most researches are focused on specific input or output elements. This heterogeneity of research subjects makes it difficult to understand, compare and to recommend proper techniques for a specific design. Accordingly, we provided a review, thoroughly describing the efforts on the touch-based system and the elderly population in the past decade and answering the following questions: (1) How to identify characteristics that sensitive to performance and experience? (2) How to accommodate for elderly’s special interests? We also summarized the relevant design guidance, and provides novel perspectives of inclusive technical design for the elderly. Our work may enlighten those who is interested in the design of both hardware and software elements for the elderly.


Elderly Age-related characteristics Touch-based system Interaction performance Interaction experience 



This paper is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61303137), the National Science and Technology Support Program (2015BAH21F01) and the Art Project for National Social-Science Foundation (15BG084).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing Liao
    • 1
  • Jianan Lou
    • 1
  • Qifei Wu
    • 1
  • Min Zou
    • 1
  • Linfeng Zheng
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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