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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

Official journal of the the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

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Volume 10, Issue 4 (Nov 2011)

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Wearable device to assist independent living

Rachel J. McCrindle
  • School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, UK
  • Email:
/ Veronika M. Williams
  • School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK
/ Christina R. Victor
  • School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK
/ Andrew P. Harvey
  • School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, UK
/ Samuel R. Nyman
  • School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset, UK
/ Julie Barrett
  • School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, UK
/ Harriet Hogarth
  • School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, UK
/ Peter Levene
  • Docobo Limited, Bookham, Surrey, UK
/ Robert Smith
  • Docobo Limited, Bookham, Surrey, UK
/ Paul Panek
  • Fortec, Technical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
/ Georg Edelmayer
  • Fortec, Technical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
/ Peter Mayer
  • Fortec, Technical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
/ Philip Needham
  • Cardionetics Limited, Grenville Place, Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
/ Nikos Floratos
  • e-ISOTIS, Athens, Greece
Published Online: 2011-11-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/IJDHD.2011.052

Abstract

Older people increasingly want to remain living independently in their own homes. The aim of the ENABLE project is to develop a wearable device that can be used to support older people in their daily lives and which can monitor their health status, detect potential problems, provide activity reminders and offer communication and alarm services. In order to determine the specifications and functionality required for the development of the device, user surveys and focus groups were undertaken, use case analysis and scenario modeling carried out. The project has resulted in the development of a wrist-worn device and mobile phone combination that can support and assist older and vulnerable wearers with a range of activities and services both inside their home and as they move around their local environment. The device is currently undergoing pilot trials in five European countries. The aim of this paper is to describe the ENABLE device, its features and services, and the infrastructure within which it operates.

Keywords: assistive technology; independence; older people; wrist-worn device

About the article

Corresponding author: Professor Rachel J. McCrindle, University of Reading, School of Systems Engineering, Whiteknights, PO Box 225, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AY, UK


Received: 2010-11-15

Accepted: 2011-04-25

Published Online: 2011-11-09

Published in Print: 2011-11-01


Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/IJDHD.2011.052. Export Citation

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