Life (Part 2), a PBS program looking with ways baby-boomers are redefining life after 50, recently featured NSCAD Professor Glen Hougan's "Empathy Suit." The device, which simulates the physical challenges that come with age, evolved out of a 2006 third-year design class project.
From Hougan's perspective, society doesn't do a good job of understanding the aging process and adapting design to accommodate the needs of older adults. By helping designers better appreciate these physical changes, the Empathy Suit is intended to encourage the creation of better functioning and more attractive products for this age group.
You can view the Rich Collier interview with Professor Hougan online.
Hougan, an assistant professor in Design, recently received the Faculty Research & Creative Practice Award at the 2009 President's Convocation.
Professor Glen Hougan and Rich Collier of PBS's Life (Part2)
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