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Ambient Intelligence in Assisted Living: Enable Elderly People to Handle Future Interfaces

  • Thomas Kleinberger
  • Martin Becker
  • Eric Ras
  • Andreas Holzinger
  • Paul Müller
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)

Abstract

Ambient Assisted Living is currently one of the important research and development areas, where accessibility, usability and learning plays a major role and where future interfaces are an important concern for applied engineering. The general goal of ambient assisted living solutions is to apply ambient intelligence technology to enable people with specific demands, e.g. handicapped or elderly, to live in their preferred environment longer. Due to the high potential of emergencies, a sound emergency assistance is required, for instance assisting elderly people with comprehensive ambient assisted living solutions sets high demands on the overall system quality and consequently on software and system engineering – user acceptance and support by various user-interfaces is an absolute necessity. In this article, we present an Assisted Living Laboratory that is used to train elderly people to handle modern interfaces for Assisted Living and evaluate the usability and suitability of these interfaces in specific situations, e.g., emergency cases.

Keywords

Ambient Intelligence Assisted Living User-Interfaces Learning Elderly People 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Kleinberger
    • 1
  • Martin Becker
    • 1
  • Eric Ras
    • 1
  • Andreas Holzinger
    • 2
  • Paul Müller
    • 3
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), 67663 KaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Medical University Graz, 8036 Graz, Austria, Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics & Documentation (IMI), Research Unit HCI4MED 
  3. 3.Technical University Kaiserslautern, 67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany, AG Integrated Communication Systems 

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