Investigation into Designing of Elderly Products Intending for the User’s Behavior Experiencing

  • Ning Zhang
  • Yajun LiEmail author
  • Ming Zhou
  • Zhizheng Zhang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9180)


Body gestures are the key point affect the elderly daily life (ADL). Seidel, D., et al. [1] An innovative designing method based on user’s behavior experience is proposed in order to improve the experiencing and to mine innovative points of elderly product design. Complete interactive processes between users and products are captured through penetrating into users living scenes. A Laundry Behavior Coding (LBC) system is proposed special for the elderly in China. Ethnography methods, behavior observation, oral presentation and in-depth interviews are also deployed. 20 participants (10 young and 10 elderly) participated the study focused on drum washing machine. A special Behavior Interaction Model (BIM) is established by extracting the behavior coding gap, which is obtained by comparing the coded sets of both the old and the young. Implicit demands are discovered in order to realize innovative designing of laundry machine for the old and to enhance users’ experiences.


Elderly products Behavior experience Data encoding Implicit demand Design innovation 



The authors are grateful for the financial support provided by the research innovation project funding for graduate students of ordinary university in Jiangsu Province under Contact No. KYLX_0344.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ning Zhang
    • 1
  • Yajun Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ming Zhou
    • 1
  • Zhizheng Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Design Arts and MediaNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina

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