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Big button telephone: the development of a telephone adapted for an aging population
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The world’s demography is changing. The populations in developed countries are growing older and older. Today 22 percent of the European unions population is over 60 years old. As people grow older the senses functioning starts to decrease and the amount of disabilities increases. Vision, hearing and memory are some of the abilities that begin to decline with age. The older we become the more difficult it gets to perform basic tasks without help or the use of special tools. This situation has created a market for adapted products and methods for how they should be designed for people with disabilities in mind. The purpose of this project was to create a cordless home telephone adapted for older adult’s needs Using research methods as literature review, interviews and benchmarking I have tried to find out how a cordless home telephone should be designed to meet older peoples needs. Concepts were created by hand sketching, in 2D Illustrator renderings and by 3D modeling. The research indicated that the desired target group for this product mostly wanted a telephone that only fulfilled the basic functions of a telephone, making and receiving calls. Therefore the main functions of the product where brought forward and highlighted to make it as easy to use as possible. The end result was a telephone with a simple design, where an effort has been made to improve the usability with the use of big and easy to read buttons making main functions easy to find and use.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Industriell design
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57615ISRN: LTU-EX--08/021--SELocal ID: e4405ae5-c54d-4f4c-95ab-2f64dde90d63OAI: diva2:1031003
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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