Category: Holidays

Technology show

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.

COLABORAR anniversary celebrations

COLABORAR just turned seven!

What better way to celebrate the anniversary than a social event? Researchers from the Human-Centered Design and volunteers gathered at the Auditorium to commemorate the 7th anniversary and chat about technology. We showcased some of Fraunhofer AICOS’ projects on mobile health and wellbeing and we also presented a project in the area of education and literacy for children. We wanted to show the importance of involving users in our work to develop solutions for diverse societal challenges. Most importantly, we wanted to share our joy in celebrating the project anniversary.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many hundreds of dedicated older adults who have participated over the years: they have made over 2800 research sessions possible and have been irreplaceable in making the project what it is today! Cheers to the next 7 years!

The COLABORAR team.

7 year COLABORAR anniversary

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!

World Usability Day 2018

On November 8 one celebrate the World Usability Day 2018. Every year, the date has a theme aiming to foster discussions around the topic. This year the theme is “Design for Good or Evil”.

It is known that design has great impact on the usability of everything and many times it determines the usefulness and success of an object, service or app. In this context, and in a simplified manner, the ultimate goal of good design is making things easy to use. On the contrary, bad design deny users the possibility of doing the things they want to do; in extreme situations it can cause very serious consequences or even harms.

The COLABORAR team takes the chance to congratulate designers and engineers working in the Human-Centred Design team at Fraunhofer AICOS to build solutions – whether it is a mobile or web app or wearable sensors – easy to use and with potential to improve well-being and health of several persons.

 

Off-site work meeting

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS Human-Centered Design group gathered for an off-site work meeting.

It was in a cozy place that the group discussed the most recent work and the aims of the strategic research area of Human-Centered Design within Fraunhofer. The next steps to continue to innovate in user studies were defined, priority areas selected and tasks distributed.

We finished the meeting believing that we are in the right path to enhance this area within Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.

Validation studies with users of medical devices hilighted in the meeting of MDevNet

The topic of validation studies of technology-based medical devices with users was hilighted in a meeting with the members of MDevNet.

MDevNet is an initiative led by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS that gathers many R&D institutions, industry, academia, public entities and end-user representatives. What brings the partners in the network together is their active involvement in the process of valuing technology transfer of technology-based medical devices.

The meeting was organized around three themes:

  • clarification of legal issues associated with medical devices;
  • obstacles and promotion of mechanisms for interaction between national entities involved in the process of co-development and validation of medical devices and
  • effectiveness of technology transfer processes.

One of the topics was related to validation studies of medical devices with users and all the certification process.

In general, the conclusion of the meeting was that more information about regulations, processes and formalities is needed.

Fraunhofer’s technology won a prize

GoLiveClip won the first prize in the Silver Economy Awards!

GoLiveClip is a wearable device that was developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. It is a small clip to attach in the clothes and it enables activity monitoring, fall risk analyses and fall detection; it also has an alarm button to activate in an emergency case. GoLiveClip is commerciallized by Gociety Solutions.

The prize recognizes the project as the most innovative solution and with more potential to improve older adults’ quality of life.

In the design and testing phases, older adults had a fundamental role. Thank you to all who participated!

Image: Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

Ageing Summit 2018

The first edition of the Ageing Summit was held in Porto at Fundação de Serralves and was organized by Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto.

The issue of ageing was addressed from different points of view: challenges for society, public and social policies, innovation and active and healthy ageing. Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS‘s researcher Filipe Sousa was at the Ageing Summit ’18 to moderate the panel on “Ageing Societies: Innovation and Investment”. The intervening role of seniors and some examples of how society can listen to their opinions and take them into account in decision making was one of the topics highlighted.

COLABORAR attended the event, as these are topics of interest. We were happy to know that seniors are being perceived as an active part in decision-making related to ageing.

COLABORAR at the “Meetings with Innovation in Health”

COLABORAR attended the “Meetings with Innovation in Health” in April 4th. The event was held at the Hard Club, in the city of Porto and was organized by Health Cluster Portugal.

Many healthcare providers, medical devices manufacturers and R&D institutions attended the event. Some of them had a booth at the “Market for Open Innovation in Health”. The theme of the meeting was “New Research and Innovation Agendas for Future Health”. There were three thematic sessions: “Precision Medicine & Digital Health”, “Advanced Therapies & New Vaccines” and “Nanomedicine & Bioelectronics”. Speakers gave us an overview on areas of health that will be highlighted in the future.

The “Market for Open Innovation in Health” had the aim of promoting contacts between potential scientific, clinical, technological partners and companies.

We liked meeting with other researchers and getting to know about their scientifc projects in the field of technology and innovation for health.

Visits to the centres

As usually, we are making visits to the centres, wishing an excellent 2018 to the very supportive people who collaborate with us in many Fraunhofer‘s projects. We offer some tokens as well, along with the COLABORAR postcard.

Wishing all of you a happy new year. Here is to another year of great tests, questionnaires, user research and usability issues.