A Device Design based on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation System: An Approach to Technophobia (Case Study: Young Old People)

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.


As the global population ages, there is a growing need for technologies that improve the well-being and independence of older adults. This project investigates the development of a device following the principles of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) with a focus on optimizing usability for the elderly population. This approach aims to foster a sense of independence and well-being among the elderly and aligns technological advances with the diverse needs of the aging demographic. This study targeted 65-75 people (young and old) to investigate their perception of using a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device. 26 participants, recruited through online platforms and healthcare centers and interaction with a 3D prototype, about various aspects of the device, including complexity, confidence with assistance, discomfort with technology-based devices, and learning time, they expressed confusion with features, concern about mistakes, clarity of instructions, anxiety, moderate perceptions of home-based medical technologies, and a preference for a simpler design.


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