What a great year 2018 was!
We share some main activities and milestones of the year that has just finished. We send a thank you message to each volunteer in the network without whom we could not make our work, to Fraunhofer AICOS’ researchers, including the ones of the Human-Centred Design group who challenge COLABORAR with requests for increasingly ambitious activities and for the high standards of good practices on research with older adults.
We are ready for a 2019 full of new challenges!
It is already on December 12 that you can discover how older adults and technology are related.
Organized by COLABORAR, this will be an event open to older adults from the city of Porto to discover technology developed with and for older adults. Some of our latest projects related to innovations in m-health, active ageing, wellbeing and literacy will be showcased. User research and testing methodologies will be hilighted as an essential part of research and development. Researchers will be answering all questions posed by our visitors.
Don’t miss this opportunity! Registration is free, but limited to available spots. Register through: 220430347.
We will be marking the 7th milestone anniversary of COLABORAR on November 26.
This celebration will be held at the Fraunhofer AICOS’ Auditorium. This year we planned a celebratory event full of interaction moments between researchers and volunteers, but we will keep specific details under wraps.
For now, we only want to share with you the biggest achievements: more than 2800 research sessions with volunteers, 1100 participants and 70 projects supported. We are proud and, above all, grateful to every volunteer who contributed to research and innovation on technology to Propose Futures and Impact Lives of older adults.
Stay tuned for more news!
New interactive games for older adults are being developed at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.
Researchers have been working in a multidisciplinary team to build algorithms, game interfaces for TV and wearable sensors. The new project is called VITAAL and was just tested by the COLABORAR volunteers. They tried out the games and gave insights regarding the game interfaces.
We thank volunteers for colaborating in the project.
As part of the FallSensing project, researchers conducted a study with the aim of developing a multifactor solution for fall risk assessment. A customized therapeutic exercise prescription plan to prevent falls in the elderly was developed and tested by older adults.
This project is being developed by the Consortium formed by the Fraunhofer Portugal Research Centre for Assistive Communication and Information Solutions (Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS), Sensing Future Technologies, SA and the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, through ESTeSC – Escola Superior de Health Technology of Coimbra. The application can be viewed on a computer or monitor and is being developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. The therapeutic exercise plan is personalized to each older adult, according to he initial fall risk assessment and performance in exercises. The app is intended to be used in clinical context as a tool for physiotherapists. Therefore, a physiotherapist from the Consortium was at Fraunhofer AICOS during 15 sessions to apply the therapeutic plan to participants in the tests. Participants were COLABORAR’s volunteers and completed the plan, which included initial and final fall risk assessment and exercises for fall prevention.
A big thank you to COLABORAR’s volunteers.
A new platform for physical and cognitive training was developed at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS within the project Active@Home.
Usability tests were carried out at the Living Lab to help researchers test user interfaces for TV and inertial sensors. Participants were very committed and helped researchers find improvement points.
We all had a good time playing the games and learning with older adults.
Volunteers from the user network COLABORAR are collaborating with us in a project that aims to disseminate research activities we usually carry at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.
We are recording different moments of our work at the research centre: visits to day-care centres, tests at the Living Lab, interviews for qualitative analysis, etc. We are also interviewing participants and technical-directors of partner day-care centres.
We will reveal more details about this soon.
A new application for the SmartCompanion system is being tested.
A low-fidelity prototype, that is to say a paper prototype, is being presented to older adults in the network. We invited participants to our Living Lab at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and expect to know their opinions.
After these tests, the student will implement the application in the smartphone.
Fraunhofer AICOS’ SmartBEAT was tested by a group of users from our user network COLABORAR.
The user-friendly interfaces were used by seniors and pre-seniors at the Living Lab. Researchers conducted observation evaluations of participants. The tasks included performing measures of vital signs, responding to questionnaires and managing timely reminders of medication.
This study was very important, as researchers could understand if there are any issue to improve in what concerns to usability and user experience.
You can get more information about SmartBEAT here: