Last Thursday (OCtober 9, 2008) I had the honor to be the faculty host of Wendy Rogers (>>>) from Georgia Tech, who gave an insightful and enjoyable talk about the AWARE HOME - Technology To Support Aging In Place.
Supporting successfull aging with usable and useful technologies is a very relevant topic, which will be more and more urgent as the elderly population grows. I found the idea of buidling a real "home" to deploy, test, and experiment technologies "in context" is also a brilliant strategy to approach the problem.
Here is what is about...(from talk abstract)
"Imagine your home is “aware” of your activities so that it can help you remember why you went into the kitchen, whether you know the visitor at the front door, or even how to perform a recently learned home medical procedure. An aware home is not science fiction – it is within the reach of current science. It can help older adults maintain their independence, help parents caring for children with disabilities, and help those recovering from illness or injury. Maintaining functional independence is a high priority for many older adults, and remaining in their homes can be key to this independence. An aware home can provide support in numerous ways including alerting the person to an emergency or hazardous situation (e.g., a stove left on), providing information about trends in daily activities (e.g., reduced movements), providing support for daily activities such as medication monitoring or use of medical technologies, and also supporting social communication with family and friends. An innovative research program at Georgia Institute of Technology is developing psychological and computer science approaches to support home activities.
>>. To know more, visit the Human Factors and Aging Lab at Georgia Tech
The talk was part of the IUPUI School of Informatics Colloquia Series.