The FLOW system is designed to promote active ageing through stimulating active sitting experiences with interactive music.

It contains a special airflow cushion with pressure sensors, which wirelessly connects to a digital app for supporting user-system interactions and providing musical interventions

The airflow cushion also gives haptic feedback while the older adult switch sitting postures.

Based on the famous "three types of experiences" (by Jodi Forlizzi and Katja Battarbee), we identified three use scenario of FLOW, for short-term, long-term, and social interaction. Please watch the video below for more explanation of this design concept.

Inspired by FLOW, we investigated similar concepts of integrating smart technologies into the home environment (e.g., table, photo frame) for promoting various active behaviors in older adults daily routine. This series of design has been exhibited in World Design Capital (Taipei) in 2016. Watch the video below to learn more about our design rationale behind.

For more information of the FLOW and active ageing project:

Ren, X., Visser, V., Lu, Y., Brankaert, R., Offermans, S., and Nagtzaam, H. FLOW pillow: exploring sitting experience towards active ageing. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct, ACM, 2016. [ pdf ]