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Rethinking Family-Centred Design Approach Towards Creating Digital Products and Services

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ICT Department, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Tržaška c. 25, 1000-Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Gortanova 22, 1000-Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Sensors 2019, 19(5), 1232; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19051232
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 3 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 11 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living and Smart Homes)
This article provides further study of a family-centred design approach model established in previous studies, which aims to correspond to the limitations and needs of modern families using information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for common activities, communication and organisation of family time. The ambition is to systematically define and design features (functionalities) of a prototype solution that connects family members; provides proper communication; promotes active quality family time, active life, a health-friendly lifestyle and well-being; and uses various sensor- and user-based data sources through a smart city ecosystem platform. The original approach model was applied in designing the MyFamily progressive web application prototype solution as part of the EkoSmart: Active Living and Well-Being Project (RRP3) funded by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Regional Development Fund Investing in Your Future program. Extensive testing of the prototype solution used and the triangulation method used within thematic analysis for user interviews provide new insights and proposals for the change of the family-centred design approach model in the form of distinct developmental goals narrative for each generation to enhance motivation and relevance of content to different generations of users of such digital solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: family-centred design; interdisciplinary approach; human developmental stages; qualitative research methods; sensors; smart city; smart community; smart family family-centred design; interdisciplinary approach; human developmental stages; qualitative research methods; sensors; smart city; smart community; smart family
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Trilar, J.; Zavratnik, V.; Čermelj, V.; Hrast, B.; Kos, A.; Stojmenova Duh, E. Rethinking Family-Centred Design Approach Towards Creating Digital Products and Services. Sensors 2019, 19, 1232.

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