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What is AAL and how is it able to assist me in living my life?

AAL is the abbreviation for "Active and Assisted Living" and can be described as "assistence systems for a self-determined life". It covers different concepts, methods, information- and communication technologies as well as services that make the daily life of people with need for support easier and also should make it possible to live a self-determined life. The services of professional and informal carers shall be supported and facilitated by AAL technologies.

 

  • The product and service palette in the AAL-sector is broad, and they can be chosen according to individual needs. Fields of application are for example:
  • Health, nutrition and disease management (e.g. monitoring of vital data, reminder for medication intake)
  • Safety (e.g. emergency buttons, fall recognition, fire alarm system, burglar alarm, automatical switch-off for the stove in case of absence)
  • Messaging system for defined incidents (e.g. motionlessness in the flat)
  • Increase of comfort and lifestyle (e.g. house automation systems through a context-sensitive lightning- temperature- and blind control; operation of lamps, the heating system, blinds or electrical appliances through the smartphone)
  • Communication and integration into the social environment (e.g. senior friendly tablets with Skype and photo albums)
  • Mobility (e.g. watches with tracking systems, simplified timetable enquiries of public transports)
  • Support for dementia patients (e.g. light guiding systems, calendar functions with reminders, memory training apps)

 

Living Lab - What´s that?

The focus on market and customer needs during the development of products and services is one of the key factors for their later success. Taking into account the future target groups at an early stage of product development isn´t realized in practice in most cases. Consequently many products and services enter the market which aren´t accepted by the target group.

The research method "Living Lab" offers the possibility to bring together different interest groups in order to work together on need-based solutions.

The IBH Living Lab in particular offers an holistic infrastructure for research and development in the thematic area of AAL. Innovation an evaluation can happen under real circumstances and with consideration of the needs of all interest groups. The "Living Lab" method not only takes into account the technical surroundings and the psycho-physiological aspects, but also cultural, organisational, legal and market relevant aspects. Located in the Lake Constance region, the project also takes into account regional circumstances and supports regional innovation.

 

 

Use cases of the project

Nearby you find a few examples of use cases in real settings. Of course each person, her activities in the flat, her personal preferences and restrictions are unique. That´s why we always include the concrete resident of a flat into the whole process of choosing the right assistence systems. This is the only way it can be guaranteed that the solutions are customized enough that the inhabitant feels as good as possible in his/her familiar environment.

Internet video-calls

Miss Obermaier is 83 years old and has no close relatives nearby. Her sickness prevents her from taking long, exhausting journeys. To remain in contact with her children and grandchildren, she gets a tablet, which allows her to cheaply call them as often as she wants via skype. They can also send her pictures, photos and videos.

Remote control of a flat

Mister Gruber, 67, is bound to a wheelchair due to an illness. He’s living in a smart home, but has a hard time accessing buttons above small cupboards. A remote control function for his smartphone/tablet can send commands to the interface of the home automation, which controls heating, lights and blinds throughout his flat.

Detecting day-night reversal

Miss Huber is 82 years old, suffering from mild dementia but still completely independent from others. To ensure that her day cycle remains intact, her son installed several motion detectors in her flat. They log daily motion and sleeping phases and store the data for long term analysis. If her sleeping habits should change drastically he would like to be noted about it to aid her appropriately.

Extended doorbell

Miss Müller is 75, has very bad hearing and lives on her own. When she has visitors, the lights in the living room pulse and the videofeed from the area outside is shown on a small screen next to her door, showing the visitors.