Co-designing interactive textile for multisensory environments

H. Y. Kim, J. Tan, A. Toomey

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In Hong Kong, the number of people aged 65 years and above is rapidly increasing and the population of those in this age range is projected at 2.3 million in 2036 (Yu et al. in Dementia trends: impact of the ageing population and societal implications for Hong Kong. Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong, 2010 [1]). Given the rapid increase in the population of people with dementia, the design of a dementia-friendly environment in care facilities has become crucial for the enhanced quality of life of these people. A multisensory environment (MSE) is a term used to describe a multisensory space that can be used to provide sensory stimulation or reduce sensory demand, thereby increasing engagement and reducing challenging behaviour (Lesley and Anke in HERD 10(5): 39–51, 2016 [2]). Currently, MSE tools are relevant to people with late-stage dementia, whereas people in the early stages of this condition have limited association with such tools. The existing tools are generic and emphasises simple functions instead of design. This study reviews the existing design processes for MSEs and analyses the preliminary data derived from a pilot design study involving the Hong Kong Sheng Kong Hui Lok Man Alice Kwok Integrated Service Centre.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles - Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles AIFT Conference 2018
EditorsWai Keung Wong
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319996943
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2018
EventArtificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles Conference, AIFT 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceArtificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles Conference, AIFT 2018
CityHong Kong


  • Co-design
  • Interactive textiles
  • Multisensory environment
  • People with dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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