Wednesday, October 13, 2010


1. What have I learnt?
I have learnt that there are many ways to come up with a product for the elderly, and that not all products have to be based on problems such as eyesight problems, mobility or possibilities of injury. There are many ways to come up with a suitable product, possibly by just observing the daily habits of elderly, the patterns in their daily lives and how they usually do things.

2. What are the difficulties encountered?
The biggest problem was putting myself in the elderly's shoes and trying to find out the qualities and properties they would want in a good product. It was important to ask elderly as well, which posed a problem because it would not be accurate finding opinions just from a small number of elderly, and not looking at it generally.

3. How did I overcome the difficulties?
I overcame the difficulties by observing the general patterns of the elderly, and noticing the common points, as well as looking at the common problems that the elderly face. From my observations, I came up with a general design of the product, gradually adding in additional details for comfort, safety and convenience. I worked on the main points which the elderly would require most in a product, and incorporated my findings into my design to come up with the final product.