Struggling Against Social Isolation of the Elderly—The Design of SmartTV Applications

  • Malek AlaouiEmail author
  • Myriam Lewkowicz
Conference paper


This chapter charts a work in progress in the frame of the European project AAL FoSIBLE. Our hypothesis is that virtual networks and online generational communities could offset the lack of relationship, prevent isolation and increase self-esteem for older people living alone at home. Following this purpose, we are then aiming at defining services by rethinking the use of well-known existing technologies and to broaden their scope to be more affordable by older people. This chapter describes related work on the use of the Internet for social interactions among the elderly. The living Lab approach we follow and our results on understanding the actual use and needs of the elderly are presented, followed by the SmartTV platform which is iteratively developed. The analysis of the use of this platform being designed in a user-centred approach will permit us to answer our research issues.


Remote Control Gesture Recognition Virtual Network Virtual Community User Centre Design 
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This work was partly funded by the European Community and the National Research Agency (ANR) through the AAL 169 program (FoSIBLE Project No. ANR-09-AALI-002-04).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Troyes University of Technology (UTT), ICD/Tech-CICO—UMR CNRS 6279Troyes CedexFrance

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