Towards ICT Support for Elderly Displaced People: Looking for Natural Gestures

  • Alessandra Melonio
  • Laura Tarantino
  • Tania Di Mascio
Conference paper


In the aftermath of natural disaster ICT-based tools can support technology-erudite people but risk to sharpen the isolation of vulnerable population groups because, e.g., of grey digital divide. In this paper we discuss some usability studies performed after L’Aquila earthquake on elderly people at risk of social isolation, to single out interaction needs and platform requirements for easy-to-use elderly oriented tools ideally not requiring learning need. In particular, we focus our analysis on intuitiveness of multifinger gestures on tablets.


Task Execution Cellular Phone Elderly User Card Game Temporary Shelter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandra Melonio
    • 1
  • Laura Tarantino
    • 1
  • Tania Di Mascio
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria elettrica e dell’informazioneUniversità degli Studi dell’AquilaL’AquilaItaly

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