An Evaluation of the Accessory Approach in the Design of Personalized Wearable Health Devices Using a Biopsychosocial Framework

Trine Møller, Peta Bush

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Abstract

Incorporating an accessory approach into current systematic approaches in health design enables a personal addition to worn health devices. This paper presents a research project between nine accessory design students and Sahva, the Danish body aids company. The project shows how accessory design skills, practices and methods can contribute to the development of personal wearable health devices, as current designs often ignore the psychosocial preferences of the wearer.
The project was analysed using Bush’s (2017) framework for wearability that provides a biopsychosocial model for understanding and defining the wearer’s personal needs towards health devices. The findings from the analysis support the consideration of the accessory approach for wearable health devices; since this approach clearly includes a focus on these personalized preferences of wearability that the wearer experiences/holds towards wearable health devices. Such a design approach develops Sahva’s existing perception of its clients by demonstrating ways to articulate the personal needs of the wearer and thereby create personalized wearable designs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date4 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2018
Event5th International Conference on Design4Health - Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20186 Sep 2018
Conference number: 5

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Design4Health
Number5
LocationSheffield Hallam University
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySheffield
Period04/09/201806/09/2018

Keywords

  • Sahva
  • health wearables
  • personalised design
  • accessory approach

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Møller, T., & Bush, P. (2018). An Evaluation of the Accessory Approach in the Design of Personalized Wearable Health Devices Using a Biopsychosocial Framework. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on Design4Health, Sheffield, United Kingdom.