As one of the leading Austrian and European organizations in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing, experts of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology present some of their current projects at a booth in the exhibition area:
The SUCCESS project provides an innovative mobile training application to support formal and informal caregivers to appropriately interact with people with dementia. The application offers evidence-based communication and intervention strategies and guides the user to effectively respond to specific situations in dementia care. Avatar-based communication is used in lectures and roleplays, enabling new ways of conveying information and providing support and training through verbal and non-verbal communication.
The TACTILE project has its focus on the development of a mixed reality (MR) software for elderly people for playing board games and doing physical training exercises on MR glasses. The MR environment will support the high usability of the overall system by combining a common board game setup (including real game pieces) with virtual game pieces. The user can interact in a tactile way with the real playing pieces and has social interaction via IP telephony. TACTILE also trains the physical health of the user by providing training sessions. A virtual assistant explains the exercises and accompanies the user during the session.
EvAALuation² aims to provide the basis for an evaluation of the desired impact of AAL products and services on a subjective, institutional and societal level. On the basis of the EvAALuation indicator set, concrete measuring instruments for the evaluation of the effects of AAL solutions will be developed, with a focus on three concrete application areas (health, care and human potential as well as activity).
Within the project WAALTeR - Wiener AAL Testregion (Vienna AAL Test Region) ") a test bed for assistive technologies is set up in the Vienna region. 90 households are equipped with assistive technologies ranging from communication services, tele-monitoring to a community support network that provides access to events and allows organizing joint activities. Overarching goal of the project is to evaluate the impact of assistive technologies in daily use along the entire value chain, as well as to develop go-to market strategies.
OptiVID provides a system that allows people with visual impairments to apply filter and optimization techniques on digital videos to compensate individual visual impairments (such as caused by age-related macular degeneration). Individual and content related video filters such as means to adapt brightness or contrast as well as more advanced filters such as edge detection to increase the level of detail allow for an enhanced video experience.
The MEMENTO project’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia by supporting the management of daily activities, which are usually affected by the loss of memory and cognition, in a personalized way. MEMENTO provides a solution to help these people to live with a decline of memory – short-term memory as well as long-term memory. MEMENTO stimulates users to set up a regular routine helping them to feel more secure and helps to remember important appointments.
The DAPAS project will build up an innovative tablet app solution, which is based on the needs of older adults and their relatives. DAPAS combines successful functions of different service partners. These innovative solutions will be combined and refined into one product that can be distributed on a larger scale, to improve quality of life of older people and their relatives. The product of DAPAS will be constructed as a tablet app with a cloud back-end and include smart hardware components and a voice assistant.
CO-TRAIN creates a new type of web-based coaching for physiotherapeutic movement training of older people with slight physical weakness (frailty). The system uses sensors that can be worn comfortably on the body for specific movement monitoring during walking, standing and climbing. The individually designed training program is to be practiced both in one's own living environment and outdoors.
FreeWalker will integrate several proven components of AAL assistive devices and technologies. A flexible and versatile solution for guiding and monitoring elderly or persons with cognitive impairments in the outdoor environment will be realized. A focus will be on supporting caregivers by providing emergency information in order to recover disoriented persons safely.
HiStory aims at creating a solution that lets people tell, share and consume stories and connect them through a shared experience. Older adults are looking back on a life rich of memories and most of them quite clearly remember their past. They have interesting stories to tell, especially from the places of their childhood and youth. Using reminders such as songs or photographs can help them to trigger their memories. Talking about their personal stories to others helps to maintain their confidence and self-esteem and keeps them socially and cognitively active.
SmartCOPDTrainer researches and develops a digital assistant for COPD patients that supports them in dealing with their disease and treatment. With the help of persuasive strategies (e.g. gamification), patients are motivated to engage in physical activities.
VoiceAdapt aims to empower older adults with aphasia by means of improving their communication capabilities and their daily communicative activity to attain greater levels of long-term recovery. Innovative speech-sensitive technology is applied to enable application-based support & training of people with aphasia to develop a system that detects and adapts to spoken language deficiencies as typical signs and symptoms of aphasia.
The AgeWell project provides an avatar and robot (physically embodied device) based virtual coach for older employees supporting them through their transformation to retirement and support companies to keep their employees for longer time motivated to share their knowledge and experience after the retirement. AgeWell helps employees and employers to work well cross-generationally. Since AgeWell follows a holistic approach by providing guidance when the user ages and needs assistance, a second end-user group involving seniors in retirement will simulate this later phase of AgeWell usage in the trials.