Flying can be a stressful experience for any traveler, but older adults in particular often face a variety of psychological and physiological challenges that complicate their ability to travel. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition, is one such challenge. Older adults are at a higher risk of developing DVT within an airplane cabin than the average passenger. The ELEVATE Economy Class Active Seating System aims to address this issue by tracking the user’s movements, informing them of long periods of inactivity and providing movement methods to increase blood flow, reducing the risk of DVT. These methods range from straightforward onscreen follow-along stretches to interactive games controlled by the movement of the person’s legs. This smart seating system aims to reduce barriers to flying while ensuring a more enjoyable and accessible experience for older adults.
Designed by: Robert Shudra of Carleton University