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Recent Trends in Applied Artificial Intelligence

Volume 7906 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 33-42

Fostering Social Interaction of Home-Bound Elderly People: The EasyReach System

  • Roberto BisianiAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Davide MericoAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Stefano PinardiAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Matteo DominoniAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Amedeo CestaAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Andrea OrlandiniAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Riccardo RasconiAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Marco SurianoAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
  • , Alessandro UmbricoAffiliated withISTC, CNR – National Research Council of Italy
    • , Orkunt SabuncuAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
    • , Torsten SchaubAffiliated withUniversity of Potsdam
    • , Daniela D’AloisiAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
    • , Raffaele NicolussiAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
    • , Filomena PapaAffiliated withFondazione Ugo Bordoni
    • , Vassilis BouglasAffiliated withUniversità Milano Bicocca
    • , Giannis GiakasAffiliated withCERETETH
    • , Thanassis KavatzikidisAffiliated withIKnowHow
    • , Silvio BonfiglioAffiliated withFIMI, BARCO

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Abstract

This paper presents the EasyReach system, a tool that aims at getting the elderly and pre-digital divide population closer to new technologies by creating a simplified social enviroment that facilitates interaction, trying to allow them to (i) easily keep in contact with friends and relatives, (ii) share their lifetime expertise, and (iii) avoid isolation. The EasyReach tool creates for the elderly a special social TV channel accessed by means of their own TV set and a specialized remote control endowed with gesture recognition, video and audio capture capabilities. A hidden personal assistant reasons on user preferences in the background allowing better focalization on his/her social interests.