Plenary HallStanding Main Stage Talk - Your life and work and factors to be considered when designing for older people
Dennis Boyle is one of the founding members of the design and innovation firm IDEO and has worked as a project leader for many of the firm’s start-up and established clients including Apple, Palm, Tivo, Handspring, HP, Dell, Proctor and Gamble, and others. Dennis is now one of the leaders of the Health and Wellness practice at IDEO. Mr. Boyle is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford and teaches classes in the Design Division of the ME department.
Beskind wanted to become an inventor but was told by her high school guidance counselor that women could not enroll in engineering courses. After a degree in home economics, she became an occupational therapist and served in the U.S. Army. She retired as a major after 44 years. Beskind has six patents for "inflatable devices that help children with balance issues."
In 2013, Beskind joined IDEO. Her work focuses on problems specific to the elderly. Her designs include inflatable wearable objects that are used to assist the elderly to safely break falls. She also has created eyeglasses that are designed with "cameras and speakers to help users remember peoples' names." She has also created the "trekker", a walking device. Her inventions and designs are inspired by her friends who are elderly and have balance challenges. Beskind herself has macular degeneration.