The event builds on the legacy of the AAL Association's AAL Forum and aims to be the main European platform for knowledge exchange and presentation of innovations at all levels in the field of active and healthy ageing. The iHomeLab has been involved in research in the European AAL programme for 16 years.
The iHomeLab presented the status of the ongoing research of the project "Quality at the End of Life" and "Recovery Fun" which are all about virtual worlds. In the "Quality at the End of Life" project, the iHomeLab is researching whether and how the last days of life can be improved by visiting virtual worlds. It is aimed at people in palliative care and their relatives. Thanks to virtual reality, these people can, for example, visit a beloved place once again or meet loved ones. At the stand at the EWAHA, interested visitors could find out about the current status of the project and immerse themselves in virtual worlds.
The iHomeLab also held two workshops on the project, where people could also experience immersion in the virtual world.
The "Recovery Fun" project combines rehabilitation technology with virtual reality. It aims to increase the fun of monotonous rehab programmes with virtual reality. At the stand at the EWAHA, visitors could test a demonstrator on which various games could be played. With the help of VR glasses, various movements and exercises were shown in a virtual world, which were packaged in entertaining stories and games.
The current state of research and a scientific poster were shown on the "AAL 4 ALL" project. The project aims to improve the safety of older people living in their own homes.We are developing a system based on commercially available smart home devices that are combined on a new platform to extend the benefits. The system uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to learn about the elderly person's daily routine. If the activities of daily living deviate greatly from the usual pattern, a loved one can be informed so that they can ask if help is needed.