Huge mobile phone keys were ease of use for all at the beginning. You should help older people whose impaired vision and touch subsides. But when they arrived mid-nineties on the market, wanted to watch hardly anyone so let: because from afar was visible: someone not quite on the level here. Is that not surprising the head of the research and teaching area technical design at the Institute of engineering and technical design (IKTD) of the University of Stuttgart, Prof. Thomas Maier, at all. You thought must make simply greater mobile phone”, he says.
It has not considering the stigma.” This has fundamentally changed in the past few years. How ergonomics, so the good handling, and aesthetic issues to bring together try”Maier describes the paradigm shift, the developer of the IKTD have internalized. Older people want to see beautiful things, and touch. This insight is the universal design”to reason, comes from the United States. The principle: If a device suitable for the elderly is, then younger use it gladly. Ideal type for this development are the Smartphones and tablet computers, the company Apple has paved the way to the mass market.
Keys there are only a few icons and the font can be enlarged easily in the display, without noticing the seat neighbor something. So far hesitant following this mega-trend in Germany. Thomas Maier sees the reason for also in the lack of appreciation of the elderly in society. In Japan, the developed country with the highest proportion of older people, the senior product development are much stronger at a glance. In Germany, the age pyramid is in 10 15 years look similar. Prof. Maier therefore opts for the opening of the technical discipline for other subjects. We are dependent on the corporate, social, and sports scientists,”he says. For two years the IKTD therefore closely cooperates with these subjects in the context of the programme of integrated Gerontology”.