Keys to ageing well
The LifeLab conducted research using an exercise and strength-testing device invented by technology company Prohab.
The device – initially developed with a focus on the elite athlete market – measures and feeds back effort and performance to the user in real-time.
The device clips into existing rehabilitation equipment, such as resistance trainers, and gives feedback on the quantity and quality of work someone is doing and how to safely progress.
Lyndon Huf, CEO of Prohab brought his rehabilitation sensor device to the LifeLab to “engage a market segment and try and understand what that market segment really needs and how we would approach that market segment”.
During the session, 12 participants contributed to a series of facilitated discussions and contributed during a number of exercises.
The activities included becoming familiar with the Prohab device and discussing and imaging one’s future activity and mobility. The entrepreneurs were participating in the keen discussions alongside the older participants.
CEO Lyndon Huf said he discovered the volunteers were more interested in the process around the device than he imagined and has welcomed the feedback.
Co-designer Vicki Jarnis took part in the PROHAB sessions and relished the opportunity.
“My experience is that it’s been a wonderful opportunity to create connections and meet other people who are like-minded but are so diverse in terms of their backgrounds that they bring a very different backstory.
Vicki hadn’t really known what LifeLab was about when she agreed to take part in the Prohab project but she had speculated that it would be a basic market research exercise. “The result was that it was much, much more than that,” she said.
The client report provided summarised the responses and insights gathered from participants; and identified some opportunities and potential next steps.
These insights helped Prohab adapt the device for use by older people and communicate the benefits to users and clinicians.
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