Date of Award

December 2019




Donald W. Carr


aging friendly, elderly, older adults, roommate, tactile, TUI

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


This thesis focuses on helping older adults find an ideal co-living roommate via physical interaction design. The literature review suggests that almost all of the existing systems and products for roommate-finding currently in the market rely on digital devices. For older adults, this is a problem because they are not proficient at using computers or other smart devices ("Tech Adoption"). A tactile (physical) interface is an appropriate interface for elderly users for a roommate finding product (Güldenpfennig and Fitzpatrick, 1). This thesis proposes a design intervention that uses a tactile interface to solve this problem. The resulting design creates a positive and comfortable experience that responds to an elderly user group.


Open Access



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