The inclusion of users in the research and development process is crucial for a needs-orientated development of assistive technologies. Within the participatory design approach, an active involvement of users throughout the entire development process takes place, including the idea for a new product, conceptualization and design, iterative prototyping and the final evaluation of assistive technologies. The consistent inclusion of the users helps to reduce or avoid conceptual errors and to increase the acceptance of an assistive technology.
The researchers of raltec assign the continuous users participation a high priority. We research and develop assistive technologies for the elderly, by developing and evaluating these technologies with the elderly.