Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Independent Living Assessment

Researchers at Boston University have created an easy Independent Living Assessment to help you, right from the comfort of your own home. Philips Lifeline is sponsoring this free assessment to help you take control of your future and add to peace of mind for both you and your family.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living

IOS Press published the "Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living - Technology for Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Well-being" in its Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments series. The book was edited by Juan Carlos Augusto, Michael Huch, Achilles Kameas, Julie Maitland, Paul McCullagh, Jean Roberts, Andrew Sixsmith, Reiner Wichert. 
It presents and summarizes the achievements of researchers around the globe and from diverse technical backgrounds. They use a wide range of approaches to optimize the use of healthcare technology and integrate such technology into human lives in a way that will benefit all. The book is divided into seven main sections: AAL in the health space; Devices and infrastructure to facilitate AAL; AAL in gerontology; Smart homes as a vehicle for AAL; Applications of AAL in rehabilitation; AAL initiatives; and Novel developments and visions for the area. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

AAL Forum 2011

The objective of the AAL Forum is to show the significant progresses made by the AAL-JP projects and its practical implications on the daily life of seniors as well as dedicating the attention to the most recent EU initiatives, like the pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cyberdyne in Sweden

Today I attended a seminar at Danderyds Hospital about innovative Technology in neurorehabilitation. Prof. Sankai, Tsukuba University gave a lecture about his research and demonstrated his latest version of robot suit HAL. His company Cyberdyne has signed a letter of attention with DS to conduct clinical trails. This is a great opportunity for Sweden to evaluate forefront robotics.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

IEEE Spectrum 11/09

Robots for real

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Ethics and Assistive Technology Survey

Assistive technologies are intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities by enabling independence and facilitating social connections. Examples of such technologies include powered wheelchairs and speech recognition software.

Professor Dr. Peter Danielson at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia conducts research about ethics and assistive technology. The purpose of the research is to facilitate well-informed discussion about complex issues related to ethics and scientific and technological developments.

A survey with 14 questions is now open for participation.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Telecoach for Night Walks in Stockholm County

Inhabitants in the County of Stockholm can call a special telephone number, called "Nattknappen" (Night button) if they feel unsafe when walking home at weekend nights. On Fridays and Saturdays between 23:00 - 03.30 everybody in the Stockholm County can call 08-50 44 66 66 and talk to one of 40 trained volunteers, who identifies the position of the caller, where he/she is going and follows the caller via the phone back home. If there should be an incident, the volonteer can call for police assistance. The name Nattknappen refers to the idea to store the phone number as a shortcut in the mobile phone for easy and fast access.