The iHomeLab accompanies a subproject of «4Generations», in which several elderly people test a language assistant in their homes over a longer period of time. Open systems such as «Google Home» and «Alexa» will be compared with the closed system «Allegra». The difference of the systems is that closed systems cannot be changed, but open systems can. Thus «Allegra» is specialized only in emergency call and radio. With the open systems the user can activate further functions and adapt the system according to its needs. Schoolgirls and schoolboys ot the Elementa day school in Zug were able to implement a simple emergency call function in the open systems. In several interviews, they will interview the test persons and compare their experiences with the devices in everyday life. This subproject will last until the end of the 2018/19 school year.
Feasibility study on speech recognition for room automation systems (speech control, speech recognition, room automation)
Living well with Anne
Personal assistant for people with mild dementia. In this project, an existing personal assistant will be extended with features that meet the specific needs of older people with early dementia. The goal is to provide an effective, client-friendly and affordable solution to enable this target group to live independently longer and maintaining a higher level of quality of life, this in turn will affect caregivers by alleviating them more.
«SAM&Me» explores the self-learning, interactive core of the digital butler SAM. The project aims to create a low-threshold access to meaningful services for people who are excluded from the digital world or are tired of their growing complexity. SAM reverses the interaction paradigm - it serves the user, not the other way around.
The project explores the personal assistance system «HANNA» for people with dementia and their families . The system detects situations independently, provides situational simple communication functions to the members and interacts actively with the demented person. It automatically adopts its user interface and behavior to the disease's progression.
Efficient PV system monitoring with current weather data
Test and improvement of the monitoring system of EGON AG. The system calculates based on the latest weather information, the target production of a system and compares it to the actual production. This loss of production (for example caused by string failure).
Study about the effectiveness and applicability of assistive monitoring systems. The aim of the project is to investigate the following issues related to the state-of-the-art and the data of monitoring systems for the use at home:
- Requirements for assistance systems
- What data can be collectet using different sensor types?
- What data is contrived for evaluating, what basic mechanisms can be used and what could be the result of it?
- How is the privacy of the persons directly involved ensured
The questions should be answered in order to create a start-up project.
Kith & Kin
Communication device (for the elderly) with simple options for electronically exchanging messages, appointments, images, movies etc. within defined groups of people (family, multiple generations, support teams). An NFC-capable tablet will be extended with a functional frame on which actions may be triggered with NFC tags.
My Life, My Way
A modern version of a butler: a personal assistant that is easy to use (speach recognition of local dialects) and able to learn autonomously the persons preferences and needs. The assistant will combine tailor made services according to the persons needs like agenda maintenance, medicine alerts, supervison or excercise.
«Trans.Safe» wants to develop a system to support senior workers who can and wish to stay actively longer in a job position with a high personal and public safety risks. The solution will help the senior workers and employees with an monitoring System for Stress parameters and performance.
«REVOLUTION» wants to develop an innovative ICT-based solution for promoting and assisting voluntary services provided by retired people. Within the scope of «REVOLUTION» we focus on simple and effective realtime scheduling of help for persons and families with a short-term need for assistance in the context of driving services, shopping services and help at home.
«CarerSupport» develops a new service that supports informal carers of elderly people in multiple ways, including training/education, psychological support, interaction with formal carers, as well as tele-consulation about issues arising during the provision of care.
The carers can subscribe to the platform and can assess a wealth of training materials, tips and utilities. Tey can discuss issues with several experts, while also exchanging views with other carers in similar position.
«healthy@work» is an app that tries to keep older employees of care-organizations more healthy in the work process for a longer time. To achieve this, a smartphone app is developed that gives the user specific tips and time to improve his health at the workplace.
«YouDo» explores a platform with training content to support family members of needy people (informal carers). The training program can be received via TV or Internet and includes information on the 10 most important care and ageing topics such as dementia, fall prevention and nutrition.
«Demand-Response» researches smart concepts with companies like BKW, Siemens, swissgrid and MeteoSchweiz to enable energy suppliers and consumers to adapt and be ready for the energy market of the future.
DALIA (Assistant for Daily Life Activities at Home)
«DALIA» aims to provide an integrated home system that supports older adults as primary end-users, informal carers or services of formal care and medical services. The System will assist the older adult mastering their daily life tasks, for instance to help in finding lost objects such as keys, glasses, or remind older adults to take their medication.
The goal of «INSPIRATION» is to help older adults living a healthier life to stay mentally and physically fit. The digital coach will motivate them to be active. The focus points are: Mastering the everyday life, managing the shopping, analysing the actual health status.
At the moment there are no existing solutions on the market to find out how the assisted person is doing without getting in direct contact. The «RelaxedCare» system aims to build a solution that detects the actual state of an assisted person and communicates it in a pervasive and unobtrusive way to the caregiver.
«RelaxedCare» is the winner of the AAL Award 2015. Project Website
«NEUTUN» researches a method for the accurate assessment of the residual life of these network components using low-cost devices. In this research project, current and voltage analysis will be used to determine the residual life. To date, a cost-effective method and equipment for assessing the condition of network components are missing.
The «Care4Balance» system supports the older adult by facilitating autonomy. The system supports the informal carers in the provision of care. It will support the collaboration with formal caregivers in the provision of care.
CONFIDENCE (A Mobility Safeguarding Assistance Service with Community Functionality for People)
«CONFIDENCE» provides people with mild or moderate dementia with a novel solution which combines personal help and technology support as needed by the end users. To this purpose, a community consisting of family members, staff of home care agencies will be built up by the use of advanced ICT.
«CONFIDENCE» is the winner of the AAL Award 2014