MIT AGELAB AGNES - AGE GAIN NOW EMPATHY SYSTEM PROGRAM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT's) School of Engineering's Engineering Systems Division.
Cambridge, MA, USA.
"Meet AGNES, the MIT AgeLab's Age Gain Now Empathy System.
This suit was designed to provide insight into the physical affects of aging.
The various components simulate the changes that occur naturally as we age.
Put on this suit and you feel increased fatigue, reduced flexibility in joints and muscles, spinal compression and difficulty with vision and balance".
"Agnes is one tool that we use at the AgeLab to study and improve life tomorrow."
The Age Gain Now Empathy System (AGNES) was designed by exercise physiologists, engineers and designers to simulate the motor, visual, flexibility, dexterity and strength of older adults.
The AGNES suit uses the following to help researchers understand what it feels like to physically age:
-Braces and bands to limit joint mobility, and simulate joint stiffness, fatigue, and slower movements.
-Tinted glasses to simulate vision loss.
-Earplugs to simulate difficulty with high-pitched sounds and soft tones.
-Custom shoes to simulate inner ear imbalance and gloves to simulate reduced tactile sensation.
MIT's AGNES has been used to better serve and understand the senior retail market, senior public transportation, senior safety and home modifications, senior communities, senior driver safety and transport, senior workplace and other environments.
MIT AgeLab is a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. AgeLab applies consumer-centered systems thinking to understand the challenges and opportunities of longevity and emerging generational lifestyles to catalyze innovation across business markets."
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