Wired to Care
A young designer, Pattie Moore, lived three years of her life as if she were elderly. She strapped on a back brace that made her shoulders hunch forward. She plugged her ears and wore glasses that blurred her vision. By simulating the conditions under which the elderly live, she began to empathize with their daily routines. In doing so, she began to notice problems everywhere. Vegetable peelers were difficult to use. Doors were hard to open. She saw these problems as latent user needs, not just for the elderly, but the community at large. If you make a door easier to open, you make it easier for everyone.