The purpose of this research is to understand the usability challenges of wearable Global Positioning System (GPS)-based technologies for at home caregivers managing wandering effects for loved ones with Dementia, specifically those with Alzheimer's disease. A total of four devices and 14 U.S. participants were studied using semi-structured, in-person qualitative usability methodology and an open coding system in the style of Grounded Theory. Though the study evaluated issues solely related to usability, the results expanded to a much larger design paradigm to be considered for improved and more directed solutions for future advancements that is symbiotic between a company and its end user. The proposed "life-proofing ecosystem", which contains eight pillars within its framework (user experience, customer experience, accessibility, governance, marketing, business, technology, cultural sensitivity) aims for more balanced product evolutions and progressive innovation. Future studies may provide scalar measurements for assessments beyond the proposed framework and ecosystem. Ultimately, the goal is to provide practical guidelines for designing life-proof solutions in today's highly connected society.
|Advisor:||Walsh, Greg, Summers, Kathryn|
|School:||University of Baltimore|
|Department:||Information Arts and Technologies|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Design, Information Technology|
|Keywords:||Alzheimer, Assistive technology, Caregiver, GPS, User experience design, Wandering|
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