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Closing Event of Project QREN Living Usability Lab at Microsoft Portugal, 5 September 2012


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2012/09/05: Closing Event of Project QREN Living Usability Lab at Microsoft Portugal, 5 September 2012

It was during the morning of 5 September, at the Azure Auditorium in Microsoft Portugal facilities in Lisbon, which occurred the closing event of the project Living Usability Lab (, in which they were presented the results of the same and also some developments after the project end. With an elderly population that reaches the 18.2% of the population, with estimates showing that in 2050 there should be about 384 elderly per 100 people, is crucial to the application of technologies to enhance the quality of life, health and well-being of the senior population and the disabled.

This project, which lasted two years and represented an investment in R&D of more than 1.2 million Euros, with the contribution of Microsoft Portugal (who coordinated the project), three companies (Micro-IO, PLUX and Microsoft), two institutes (IEETA and INESC Porto), two universities (University of Aveiro and the University of Porto) and with over 1000 senior citizens or with disabilities, two nursing homes, a private social solidarity institution that acts in the area of disabilities and 25 senior universities.

Over the course of the two years were developed several services and technology solutions that aim to help remote monitoring of elderly people in their homes, with sensors that allow monitorization and the control of some devices (such as the lighting or water taps, for example) to access the interfaces provided e-mail features and social networks – for example – and follow physical activities remotely, in a new telerehabilitation service conceived and developed by University of Aveiro researchers (from IEETA research unit and Health Sciences).

Was also developed a robot, taking advantage of experience that exists at the DETI/IEETA, University of Aveiro, with the robotic soccer, introducing in the interaction with the elderly the possibility of a robot do provide alerts in relation to medication or other routine tasks, such as the wake up. Among the demonstrations integrating the video divulgated at this final event of the project are the possibility of robot wake the elderly, giving it information regarding the time and the planned schedule, and still advising to make contact with his/her family.

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