International Conference “Im Alter Zuhause Leben”

From the 7th to the 8th of October 2016 the International Conference “Im Alter Zuhause Leben” took place in Gleisdorf, Austria. The goal of the event was to bring together experts in the field of care, medicine, politics and research and to discuss how to support “aging at home” through a vivid and supportive neighborhood.

Besides a variety of interesting talks on future visions to create better conditions of life for older adults, a few projects examples were presented and discussed among the attendees of the conference. Katja Neureiter briefly presented the GeTVivid project and pointed out opportunities the platform provides to support older adults in managing their daily activities. The talk provoked positive as well as critical reactions. Interestingly, most of the attendees considered technologies in daily care settings more as future visions than as opportunities in the presence. However, there were also positive reactions from care giver organizations, who could imagine using the system to support their clients.

International Conference “Im Alter Zuhause Leben” International Conference “Im Alter Zuhause Leben”

 International Conference “Im Alter Zuhause Leben”

Project End

Finally, the GeTVivid project ended after three years of fruitful collaborations, hard work, and lots of fun. All project partners were highly involved and gave their best, in order to provide the older adults in the pilot studies a usable and stable running platform that enables them to collect good experiences.

All partners agreed that it was of the best projects they had ever participated and will miss the regular face-to-face meetings. Some partners will continue the exploitation of the GeTVivid platform in the future, in order to bring it to the market as soon as possible.

Alumni Telecommunication School Event

On the 2nd of June 2016 the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg presented a variety of projects for a group of older adults, who were alumni from a telecommunication school. Happily they were quite interested in advancements in communication and collaboration technologies, in particular for older adults.

The GeTVivid platform was presented to the participants and they could try out the interaction via tablet and remote control. Participants were positive towards the platform and the presentation was followed by an interesting and also critical discussion about the role of technologies to support older adults to manage activities of daily living in the future.

Last Project Meeting in Salzburg

On the 30th and 31st of May 2016 the sixth (last) consortium meeting of the GeTVivid project took place in Salzburg. The central goal of the last GeTVivid project meeting was to provide an overview of the outcomes of the project, as well as to discuss the results of the pilot studies. At the meeting on the first day, first results from the pilot studies were presented in detail and discussed. The day faded out in the evening with a nice dinner and some drinks.

During the second day of the meeting all technical partners provided an overview on the current development status and improvements done during after the pilot studies. The consortium also together further elaborated the portential business cases and exploitation strategy.

Pilot Studies

In spring 2016, long-term field studies with potential users of GeTVivid have been conducted in Vienna, Nürnberg, and Basel. Overall, 35 older adults that were interested in the GeTVivid platform participated in the 10-week field trial, wherein in the first week of the study conduction, the participants were equipped with a tablet, a set-top box and the GeTVivid platform, running on their TV sets in their homes. The main goal of these field studies was, to investigate how the participants experience the platform over a longer period of time and to test the technical feasibility of the solution in a real, long-term setting.

Christiane Moser and Bernhard Feldbacher (both from the University of Salzburg), therefore, visited all participants in the three cities in their homes to install the technical equipment and to conduct collective workshops at each site to introduce the participants to the platform and how they can use it. During their stay, Christiane and Bernhard conducted interviews and handed out a diary to the participants. They were asked to fill out the diary during the study to document their experiences with the platform while using it at home, i.e., documenting good/valuable experiences, but also issues that came up while interacting with the platform. The diary also included some questionnaires (e.g., on accessibility, trust, curiosity) that had to be filled out after specific weeks during the field studies. Then, the actual field study, where participants had to use the platform for 8 weeks has started. During this time, one community manager (i.e., a representative from the EUOs) at each city was responsible to support the participants during this period in, for example, building up a community, providing them triggers where they could provide/take support to/from other users, or supporting them when technical issues occurred. After these 8 weeks, Katja Neureiter and Alina Krischkowsky (both from the University of Salzburg), came back to the participants homes to de-install the technical setup and to conduct interviews to investigate how the participants have experienced the usage of the GeTVivid platform over time. Throughout a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the gathered data (i.e., from the pre-interviews, the field trials, and the post-interviews), we came up with a vast variety of results whereby the most central ones are outlined in the following.

First of all, and maybe most importantly, the participants in general have articulated to highly value the idea of GeTVivid. They like the idea of bringing like-minded people together to support each other on a frequent basis. They really like the possibility for social exchange on the platform and to get in contact with unknown people to make potentially new friends with. With our gathered data, we were confirmed in our perspective that the community size and the distance between community members, is critical for the success of the platform. Participants’ emphasized that community members should be arranged in local clusters to allow for rather easy and feasible support-exchange. Also, they articulated the need for a certain community size (i.e., critical mass) to allow for traffic on the platform and to assure that the users’ interests for support-exchange and interests can be met on the platform. Furthermore, and this is a highly important lessons-learned from the study is that community managers are highly important to build up and facilitate a living, engaging, and sustaining community on GeTVivid. They are central anchor points for the users to relate to and ask questions if needed.

Overall the results of the pilot study showed a significant improvement of the GeTVivid platform throughout the project through the iterative involvement of users and experts. Developing one interface that can be used on a TV and mobile device at the same way was very challenging, but in the end we succeeded. However, the handling of a new/additional set-top box to access the GeTVivid platform caused unforeseeable difficulties and unfortunately resulted in partial rejection of using the platform on the TV in the pilot studies. Whereas, the mobile interface on the tablet and its intuitive handling were more accepted than expected in the beginning of the project, which might be due to the already high penetration of older tablet users nowadays. Throughout the pilot studies we learned that we are on a good way to achieve our major goal (i.e., building up an an online peer-to-peer exchange platform to empower older adults with mild impairments to benefit from receiving support for daily activities and reciprocally offering support to others), but getting access to the right target group is challenging, in order to support informal care practices by mediating them online (i.e., successfully negotiating and establishing a collaboration). We still consider older adults as active and equal partners in support exchange and the GeTVivid platform is one step in the right direction to support them.

Lange Nacht der Forschung

On the 22nd of April 2016, the ‘Lange Nacht der Forschung’ (long night of research) took place in Austria and the Center for HCI presented its research to visitors during the event. Our main topic for this years ‘Lange Nacht der Forschung’ dealt with possible futures of HCI research. At our station in the Sala Terrena at the University of Salzburg, we showed contemporary research related to active ageing, human-robot interaction, production, and driving of the future, all representing and tackling highly relevant issues for todays societies, to be deeply explored for desirable futures.

In regard to possibilities to facilitate active ageing, Christiane Moser and Alina Krischkowsky presented the GeTVivid project to the visitors of the event. Thereby, visitors passing by the GeTVivid booth had the opportunity to try out the system on a TV, complemented with the second screen on the tablet. Many visitors got curious about the project idea and goals and were having intense conversations about possible application scenarios of the GeTVivid platform. Overall, the idea of the project as well as the specific implementation on a TV and second screen, was highly valued by the visitors and given potential to seriously support older adults in self-organizing support-exchange in the future.

AAL Forum Ghent (Belgium)

From the 22nd until the 25th of September this year’s AAL forum took place in in Ghent, Belgium (http://www.aalforum.eu). The annual event serves as a platform for the European AAL community and aims at meeting and discussing AAL solutions and how to adopt them in the market. The title of this year’s edition was “Aspiration in Active Aging – Engaging People, Services and Technologies”.The AAL Project GeTVivid was represented at the AAL Forum by Christiane Moser from the University of Salzburg, Philipp Osl and Manuel Eisele from the Universtity of St. Gallen, Matteo Harutunian from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, Micheal Eitelberg and Nasser Altaani from Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH.

 

An interactive demo of the GeTVivid platform on the TV and tablet was presented together with the Amiona Marketplace from the University of St. Gallen, which we use as one backend solution for our platform.

Additionally, Christiane Moser was invited as keynote speaker in the intactive session on “Requirements meet solutions: How to successfully transfer stakeholder needs in AAL projects“. She gave a brief introduction for “Failures and Lessons Learned from the requirements analysis and development process“. In the interactive session participated around 30 people with diverse backgrounds (e.g., research, industry, care institutions, or funding agencies) that wanted to share their experiences, best practices, failures, and lessons learned.

Project Meeting in St. Gallen

On the 18th and 19th of August 2015 the fifth consortium meeting of the GeTVivid project took place in St. Gallen. The central goal of this GeTVivid project meeting was to provide an overview of all ongoing activities in the project, as well as to discuss open issues. At the meeting on the first day, first results from the user lab studies were presented and the upcoming end user evaluation were discussed. During the meeting, the iterated user interface design was presented and all technical partners provided an update on their developments throughout the last months. The consortium also together further elaborated the portential business cases. The day faded out in the evening with a nice dinner and some drinks.

The whole second day the technical partners finalized the planning of the development and discuss all open issues. All partners had lots of good and intense discussions.

TVX 2015 Bussels (Belgium)

From the 3rd until the 5th of June the TVX conference took place in Brussels, Belgium (http://tvx2015.com/). The AAL project GeTVivid was represented by Christiane Moser from the University of Salzburg (PLUS) and Fabian Schiller from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT). PLUS and IRT organized together with our interest group partner KU Leuven and people from YouTube, CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) and a Dutch Public Broadcaster a workshop on “People, Context, and Devices: Defining the New Landscape of TV Experiences”. The workshop was a great success and the outcomes are presented on the workshop homepage.

 

Christiane Moser additionally gave a second interactive demonstration of the GeTVivid platform (after the first one at the AAL Forum 2014). The project received a great response from the other conference participants being very interested in the idea itself and using the TV and tablet as medium to bring the platform to the target group.

Project Presentation at Gesundheits-cercle (Wiener Rathaus), Vienna

Also in spring 2015, EURAG Austria was able to run the Gesundheitscercle in the Viennese Townhall on three different topics, where the project GeTVivid was briefly introduced to the attendees. The Gesundheitscercle is an information event/ lecture for older people who are interested in medical issues and how to improve life quality in older age. Among the 3 events around 300 visitors were able to gather information about the project and most of them were very interested and gave positive feedback.