Monday, January 16, 2006

Home Monitoring and Control for Older People

Activity monitors for the elderly ...

"Trust and Incidental Interaction: Would you let a Talking Paper Clip run YOUR Home?" at the INTERACT 2005 conference, held in Rome towards the end of last year featured - among others -Andrew Monk of the University of York's Department of Psychology and the Centre for Usable Technology (CUHTec), explaining his answer to the panel question. It may be helpful to refer back to the first article in this series When Interactions happen without You for background.

Monk has specialised in working on ways of enabling older people to continue in their own homes with dignity and control. He presented a stark scenario as part of discussing the difference between intentional and incidental interactions and their consequences:

Intentional -
'I don't feel well I think I will press the button and ask for help.'
Incidental -
'The doctor tells me I am not well enough to carry on living in my house without further help. That box sent a message to him. Apparently I am getting up in the middle of the night a lot and spend too much time in my chair."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)

Elderly Monitor. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Elderly Monitor.

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