CARU is a truly attractive solution for the care industry. The modern communication tool (loudspeaker and voice messages) facilitates the interaction between the stakeholders. Especially for the older person this means a higher level of social inclusion and for caregivers and relatives a relief of stress. CARU further provides relevant information about the behavior of the older person as it monitors room parameters and learns the normal routine from these. This eventually leads to a larger autonomy for the older person.
The project aims to use the concept of storytelling as a means to foster the social inclusion of older people. Older people have interesting stories to tell. Talking about their personal stories to others helps to maintain their confidence and self-esteem and keeps them socially and cognitively active and connected.
However, we see not only a benefit to the people telling their stories. It is also valuable for other people to hear the authentic stories. Furthermore, «HiStory» promotes real «participatory democracy» in documenting our heritage. The solution will be constructed from existing building blocks: story recording, story sharing, story authoring, story consuming and connecting through stories.
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.
Personal assistant for people with mild dementia
She is the personal assistant, who is always with you on the smartwatch, smartphone or tablet. She will get to know the person, so when time comes that physical or cognitive capabilities decline she will recognize this and will assist. She will control home automation by voice recognition. «Ella4Life» helps with daily structure and stimulates the mental or physical condition. Professionals and informal caregivers are connected and in case of emergency, «Ella4Life» will inform them accordingly. With the help of «Ella4Life», elderly people, healthy or with a chronic disease or mental condition stay healthier and live a more pleasant life, independent and safe at home.
CABInet – Software for consultancy services in the social field
«CABInet» is intended to provide the basis for the ICT-supported coordination platform of the central advisory office, as well as to question the service landscape and the individual services in the area of the city of Lucerne. In the future, this advisory body will act as a «single point of contact» for all the institutions involved. It directs an auxiliary person to the appropriate institution in case of a specific inquiry. A future-oriented approach takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalization.
With the specially developed app, relevant and useful information can be made easily accessible with just a few clicks.
RestArt – Resilience Training Robot
«RestArt» is an intelligent mobile assistant for burnout therapies, which independently measures stress, recognizes stress situations, supports the patient promptly with adequate interventions and notifies the therapist at the right moment and provides him with valuable analyses.
More information on www.resilient.ai
In this project a new sensor network is developed that helps clinicians to optimize medication in Parkinson patients. The sensor network includes wearable sensors and ambient sensors and uses machine learning algorithms to better quantify patient symptoms, supporting the medication prescription process.
Feasibility study on the use of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology for interaction with building services technology. The project aims to close the gap between BCI devices from the fundamental research field and the consumer segment to optimize the technology’s market viability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A platform is being created as part of the «ZocAALo» project with the aim of helping to market smartphone apps specially designed for older people. On the one side the platform comprises a «marketplace» for offering apps exclusively for the target group. The user-friendliness of these apps will be assessed beforehand. In addition, the platform supports developers of apps aimed at older people, for example by providing format templates or development kits. The platform is highly customizable so e.g. care organizations can combine a selection of useful apps into their own app and make this available to their customers.
The project is conducting research into a solution for supporting people with dementia within their own homes. The solution includes various sensors, providing direct support for the individual with dementia e.g. in taking regular medication or meals. It will also involve care organisations and carers from the individual’s personal environment. The system supports these personnel in the provision of care and in the areas of safety and prevention.
«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.
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
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
Technically and conceptually, the idea of «iWalkActive» goes beyond that of a conventional walking aid. It takes an innovative walker frame (the Veloped) combines it with the possibilities of state of the art ICT technology acting as a mobile device dock connected to valuable navigation and assistance services in the cloud and extends it with an efficient, powerful supportive e-drive.
«iWalkActive» is the winner of the AAL Award 2013 Project Website
«HEARO» does research for a new system to integrate hearing aids into the domestic environment. The Goal is to improve the security and comfort of individuals with hearing limitations.
The project «Roboscoop» links robotic-technologies with AAL. The goal of the project is to extend the programming framework Scoop of the ETH with capabilities especially needed to easily implement robotic functionalities. As a proof of concept an autonomously driving smart walker will be developed.
iSens (Projectname INAT)
The aim of this project is the development of a sensor which recognizes the lack of movement in the home and triggers an alarm. If the sensor detects a configurable time without motion, a pre-alarm is triggered. If this is not acknowledged, the alarm will be forwarded.