A Designers' Perspective on Additive Manufactured Smart Wearables for Paediatric Habilitation

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Matthew Bonello, Philip Farrugia
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Malta, Malta
Section: Design for Healthcare
Page(s): 1243-1252
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.126
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The aim of the paper is to identify from the perspective of designers, what is required to optimally design smart habilitation devices for additive manufacturing, whilst ensuring a high quality multi-user experience. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with designers to identify the key requirements to develop such devices. The outcome of this study will provide a preliminary framework for designers to take advantage of the state-of-the-art of design for additive manufacturing in order to meet the expectations of multiple users of smart devices for pediatric occupational therapy.

Keywords: additive manufacturing, co-design, user experience, smart wearables for peadiatric habilitation

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