Principles of Sense Augmentation for Shared Care
Healthcare technologies typically focus on supporting the patient. Yet, we know that care is a social process in which caregivers have a central role. If technology could enable caregivers to share a patient’s sensory experience, how might that improve health care? In this talk, we’ll introduce design principles – inspired by the body hacking community’s use of sense augmentation – for enhancing existing healthcare products, as well as designing new products for fostering empathy in shared care.
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- What can healthcare designers learn about sense augmentation from the body hacking community?
- When is sense augmentation appropriate to use and how can it impact a healthcare product’s design?
- How can we leverage current VR technologies to incorporate sense addition and sense substitution to support shared care experiences?
Eryn Whitworth, Social Science Research Assoicate V., UT Austin