Keep it Simple

The aim of the project is to design a mobile e-Learning platform on which all information and training programs that are needed within a care facility are available. Digital, interactive information sources consisting of a varied mix of vides, short texts and interactive quizzes should bring more attractiveness to the important content and make learning easier. As a result, we expect more work-related knowledge among the employees.

Duration: October 2020 – April 2021

Funds: Arbeiterkammer Österreich Digifonds

Smart Companion

Smart Companion combines autonomous low-cost robot sensors (vacuum cleaner robots) with smart voice interaction for assistance systems. The system actively addresses users with appropriate questions and information on selected health and social issues. The iterative development and validation of the demonstrator is carried out both by a user-centered design approach together with test users and by extended focus groups. An ethics board continuously monitors and controls data protection and ethics with the aim of making a self-determined decision for users.

Project partners: Fachhochschule St. Pölten, Robert Bosch AG (BOSCH)
Duration: November 2019- October 2020
Funds: FFG Benefit 2017
Website: https://research.fhstp.ac.at/projekte/smart-companion

 

REMIND

ReMIND has designed a solution that touches upon aspects like tailored care, taking the social environment into account, focus on personhood and social connectedness. It is based on the integration of existing apps, that support social interaction and connect People with dementia with their informal and professional caregivers, and stimulate self-disclosure and use pictures to stimulate memory and to evoke positive moods and emotions onto a robotic/tablet platform that contains an exercise library to stimulate physical activity.

Project partners: Zora Robotics NV, Universiteit Gent, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babes” Timisoara, Ovos Media GmbH, University of Applied Sciences – FH Campus Wien, Medizinische Universität Wien

Duration: 36 Months
Funds: AAL Call 2017
Website: https://www.aalremind.eu/

Virtual Trip – project completed

The Academy for Research on Aging at the Haus der Barmherzigkeit is currently working on the FFG-funded research project “Virtual Trip” to develop an application for virtual trips (to nature, museum visits, shopping streets, …) for older people with reduced mobility to promote social participation and use VR glasses as a motivation for therapies and social interaction.
For older people and those in need of care, leaving the building is often a major challenge, and a visit to a museum or a trip to the mountains is often impossible. Virtual reality is a computer technology that enables an immersive sensation of physical presence in three-dimensional environments. With the help of VR glasses, realistic or artificially created environments and 360-degree images can be visited virtually without leaving the room.
The use of this technology is particularly interesting for people who live in long-term care facilities such as the Haus der Barmherzigkeit long-term care facilities, as it enables residents to visit places that are beyond their reach. Even for older people in need of care, virtual exploration of an exhibition is an opportunity to “get out” again and experience something new. However, virtual tours that are already available are not necessarily “barrier-free” for older people, because they do not have the same technology biography as today’s youngsters. Building on outcomes of the completed problem analysis and brainstorming phase, the goal of this project is to design a virtual reality application suitable for senior citizens for therapeutic settings.
With the development of this application, this project not only creates a change from everyday life in the nursing home or the homes of independently living seniors, but through the unique combination of the VR experience with the didactic preparation of the virtual excursions, the cognitive skills of the users being are promoted.

Duration: October 2018- March 2020
Funds: FFG Impact Innovation

Way-Key – project completed

Previous technical approaches are either unusable for people with dementia due to the complexity of the operation, or they have been limited to pure tracking or monitoring functions that do not allow the person with dementia any freedom and no autonomous action.
Way-Key therefore tried an opposite approach: opening up paths and promoting mobility. People with mild to moderate dementia, for whom independent mobility is possible and a legitimate need, Way-Key could always accompany them to the extent necessary, but above all, bring them home safely, and for the right amount of exercise at the right time to care. Relatives or nursing staff are only included if necessary. The guiding principles are protection of privacy, human dignity, ethics by design, usability and non-discrimination.
In order to avoid common problems with acceptance and use, the Way-Key mobility assistant is connected to a commodity that affected persons are very likely to carry with them outside the home (regardless of gender and lifestyle) – the key to the home or house, and is therefore installed as a keychain (as usual with old hotel keys).
In the Way-Key Project, the Academy for Research on Aging focuses on evaluating user tests. The experience gained from the field trial lasting several months was be collected and evaluated in order to be able to adapt Way-Key to the needs of our target group as closely as possible.

Project partners: Technical University Vienna – Department for Human-Computer Interaction, Accessible Map Association, ilogs mobile software GmbH, TeleConsult Austria GmbH

Duration: Autumn 2016 -2018
Funds: FFG “Mobility of the Future” program line (6th call)
Project homepage: http://www.waykey-project.net/

STRANDS – project completed

The aim was to ensure that the robot can find its way in a dynamic, busy environment over long periods of time, i.e. without direct technical support. STRANDS was one of the first projects in which a robot was used outside of scientific laboratories or apartments adapted for scientific test purposes over a longer period of time – so the project was pioneering.
In addition to the necessary technical developments, the acceptance of robots should also be researched at the social science level. With a combination of qualitative and quantitative data (mixed method designs) we evaluated individual tasks of the robot as well as attitudes and impressions towards robots.

Project partners: ACIN Technical University of Vienna, Reihnland University of Applied Sciences Aachen, University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, University of Lincoln, Technical University of Stockholm, G4S Technology & Transport Systems Catapult.

Duration: April 2013 – March 2017
Funds: EU Seventh Framework Program
Project homepage: http://strands.acin.tuwien.ac.at/

HOBBIT – project completed

The primary task of the robot was to prevent falls, to recognize them and to trigger an emergency alarm in the event of a fall. Thus, the robot should increase the feeling of security of the users and be a technical support, so that seniors can live independently longer at home. In addition, the robot offered a pick-up and delivery service within the living environment, entertainment, contact and telephone options, reminders and games for cognitive training. In terms of a user-centered design, senior citizens were involved right from the start, when the shape and color of the robot was decided in joint workshops and much more. Another aspect of the project was to research the bond between users and robots. In the final test phase of the project, the robot was tested in private households in Vienna, Sweden and Greece by older people.

Project partners: ACIN Vienna University of Technology, AAT Vienna University of Technology, MetraLabs GmbH Germany, Hella Automation GmbH, Lund University

Duration: November 2011 – October 2015
Funds: EU Seventh Framework Program
Project homepage: http://hobbit.acin.tuwien.ac.at/

Playful cognitive training for cyclists – completed project

In the study the “BikeRacer” a multitasking computer training was developed and its impact on the performance of older cyclists (65+) was extensively evaluated. A randomized, actively controlled, study was conducted to measure the effect of the 4-week training. Furthermore, it was necessary to clearly determine whether potential training effects on the improvement of multitasking ability or on other ability improvements, e.g. processing speed are traceable.
For this purpose, a test battery with different psychological performance tests was collected before and after the training. In order to check the transfer of the trained multitasking ability into everyday traffic, the participants had to complete a number of tasks on a bicycle course before and after the training. In addition, data was also collected using a questionnaire.

Project partner: Danube University Krems
Duration: February 2015 – January 2016
Project homepage: https://www.bmvit.gv.at/verkehr/strasse/publikationen/sicherheit/vsf/50_spielischestraining.html