Human interface considerations for ambient assisted living systems

Soar, Jeffrey ORCID: and Symonds, Judith (2010) Human interface considerations for ambient assisted living systems. eJournal of Health Informatics, 5 (2). pp. 1-7.

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Systems for assisted living that support people in their own home are becoming ever more important internationally as social and economic demands change. In our research, the intended users were frail elderly living in their own home who suffered from memory loss and could benefit from prompting. We took a design science research approach and designed and built a prototype system.
The system was built around RFID tags used as fixed landmarks and attached to moveable objects along with a portable interrogator. Commercially available hardware and software was used. Two system search methods were developed: history recall, using continuous object tracking and realtime object location sensing. Usability testing of the system using a small group of healthy university staff was undertaken in order to learn more about the interface between the device delivering the information and the usefulness of history recall versus real-time object location sensing for locating lost objects around the home. We found the history recall method worked well but the realtime object location sensing needed fine tuning with regard to the human interface. We recommend future interfaces include media additional to visual display and voice recognition such as haptic feedback.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 02:58
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: assisted living systems; assisted living technology; ubiquitous computing; radio frequency identification (RFID); usability
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111718 Residential Client Care
12 Built Environment and Design > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120302 Design Innovation
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420320 Residential client care
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3303 Design > 330310 Interaction and experience design
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460908 Information systems organisation and management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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