Reducing the Entry Threshold of AAL Systems: Preliminary Results from Casa Vecchia

  • Gerhard Leitner
  • Anton Josef Fercher
  • Alexander Felfernig
  • Martin Hitz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7382)


Ambient assisted living holds promising solutions to tackle the problems of an overaging society by providing various smart home as well as computing and internet technologies that support independent living of elderly people. However, the acceptance of these technologies by the group of elderly constitutes a crucial precondition for the success of AAL. The paper presents early results from the project Casa Vecchia which explores the feasibility of AAL within a longitudinal field study with 20 participating households. Thereby observed barriers hindering the acceptance of technologies applied in the project are discussed as well as possible solutions to reduce the entry threshold to assistive technology.


Ambient Assisted Living Technology Acceptance Ethnographic Fieldstudy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Leitner
    • 1
  • Anton Josef Fercher
    • 1
  • Alexander Felfernig
    • 2
  • Martin Hitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Informatics-SystemsAlpen-Adria Universität KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Software TechnologyGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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