Clear design direction is needed to raise the profile and improve the image of active ageing, and to guide textile-led product development for this valuable and relatively predictable emerging market. Recent cross-disciplinary collaborative research with academic and industry stakeholders has begun to address the design needs and aspirations of the growing active ageing market sector. ‘Design for Ageing Well: improving the quality of life for the ageing population using a technology enabled garment system’ is used as a case study. This chapter describes the findings from adopting a co-design approach that has enabled the explanation of complex terminologies and practices across the range of disciplines, embracing technologists in electronics, clothing and textiles, and gerontology working with older users. Smart clothing and wearable technologies have been brought to active agers in a prototype sports-type clothing ‘layering system’, as a technology platform, with the potential to encourage well-being, social engagement and participation in healthy exercise.
|Name||Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles|
|Publisher||Woodhead Publishing |
- Clothing as a wearable technology platform
- Co-design with older users and industry stakeholders
- Design direction for active ageing market
- Technology enabled clothing layering system