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”

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.

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 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.

TVX 2015 Workshop on People, Context, and Devices – Defining the New Landscape of TV Experiences

IRT and PLUS are organizing together with our interest group partner KU Leuven and people from YouTube, CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) and a Dutch Public Broadcaster a workshop at this years TVX Conference in Brussels. The topic is “People, Context, and Devices: Defining the New Landscape of TV Experiences”.

Modern technologies (e.g., tablet, smartphone, large public displays) remove many of the constraints that define the scope of what television is or can be, but we often define it based upon our prior TV experiences with broadcast and cable television. This one-day workshop at TVX 2015 will address design challenges and opportunities (e.g., of video streams, social TV apps, second screens) in order to consolidate existing knowledge to describe the changing landscape of TV experiences. It’s time to redefine what we think of when we say “television,” and this workshop will engage participants in that process.

Our workshop will bring together academics and industry practitioners to foster debate, share experiences, and advance theory, in order to support future innovation. The day will be divided into two portions led by different organizations:
1) Members of the University of Salzburg and KU Leuven, in collaboration with three industry practitioners, will lead a discussion about lessons learned through practice or research, and best practices.
2) Members of the YouTube User Experience team will lead an interactive working session to enumerate and characterize key facets of the developing landscape of TV experiences, culminating in the creation of a framework that will inform and foster innovation.

This workshop is for academics and professionals who have experience in TV UX. It encourages interdisciplinary discussions and aims to include researchers and practitioners in the fields of content creation, interaction design, user interface design, computer science, psychology, cognitive science, and sociology, etc. Through this two-part workshop, we aim to bring together experts to discuss lessons from previous work, and articulate and challenge existing assumptions.

For more information please visit the workshop homepage.

AAL Forum Bucharest (Romania)

From the 9th until the 12th of September this year’s AAL forum took place in in Bucharest, Romania (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 “Broader, bigger, better – AAL solutions for Europe”.The AAL Project GeTVivid was represented at the AAL Forum by Christiane Moser from University of Salzburg, Matteo Harutunian from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, Micheal Eitelberg and Nasser Altaani from Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH, Victor Sanchez, Anna Palaiologk, Elisa Jimeno and Alejandro Garcia Marchena from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L.

A first interactive demo of the GeTVivid platform on the TV and tablet was presented at the booth of the ICT&S Center.

Additionally, Christiane Moser held a talk about how Value Proposition meets the Values in Action approach. She introduced how the business and end user perspectives can be brought together, i.e., how the knowledge from the end user research (Values in Action approach developed at the ICT&S Center) can be transferred into the Values Proposition (part of the Business Model Canvas).

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

EURAG Austria is running regular lectures for older people concerning health issues to give an input how to age in a good and self determined way. In course of these lectures the GeTVivid was introduced to about 250 attendants with a short presentation. People were delighted by the idea of the GeTVivid platform and some of them are already involved in the project.

Information Afternoon for Seniors

Right from the start of the project GeTVivid the cooperation of GeTVivid with the projects InBestForm and SenS, which aim the social networking of seniors, was prepared. For that on October 3rd, 2013 the VMKN (Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg) initiated an information afternoon for seniors to introduce the project GeTVivid. 8 seniors were present; they were very interested in the idea of the platform. A discussion developed around the pros and contras of such a Service Platform as well as its possibilities of use. Precisely the possibility to organize leisure activities like walking, cultural visits or even vacation escorts attracted great interest. The seniors developed innovative ideas to offer support, but also mentioned their limits which would exclude their participation of the GeTVivid-Platform. The following points summarize the discussion:

  • The participating seniors define themselves as donors than as recipients; they like to offer their support for housework or gardening within their abilities.
  • The voluntary principle is important; the offered help should be given voluntarily and unconditionally. No obligations should result from given support.
  • The help should be given for free.
  • The timeliness is very important for the seniors. Usually assistance like shopping or going to the pharmacy is needed promptly. So an immediate realization is desired. So the question has arisen whether a request via telephone would make more sense.
  • The organization of leisure time, for example going to cinema or walking is rated as less critical of the times. Precisely here clear advantages of the GeTVivid-platform are noticed.

At the end of the discussion the seniors indicated great interest for the progress of the GeTVivid project. They expressed their willingness to be available for further discussions and tests.

AAL Forum in Norrköping (Sweden)

From the 24th until the 26th of September 2013 the AAL Forum (www.aalforum.eu) took place at Norrköping, Sweden. The annual event serves as a platform for the AAL community to meet and discuss relevant topics for improving the AAL JP and bring AAL solutions to the market. The topic of this year’s forum was “Impacting individuals, society and economic growth”. The AAL Project GeTVivid was represented at the AAL Forum by Katja Neureiter from University of Salzburg and Victor Sanchez from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L.

Around 1000 participants and more than 60 exhibitiors from all over Europe attended the forum. The event consisted of project presentations, workshops and also a big exhibition area that allowed to promote products and services that are currently developed within ongoing AAL projects. The event was used to distribute brochures, making people aware of a new AAL project.