Financed by European Union. AAL Joint Programme (Call 5)
From January 2013 to December 2015
Older persons wish to live independently in their homes and to perform daily activities without relying on or asking for external help. For some, provision of support to Instru- mental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) may become a neces- sity to enable them to adequately cope with daily living.
The proposed “Personal IADL Assistant” system (“PIA sys- tem”) will provide primary end-users with effective IADL support by offering video clips of desired topics of daily living activities on a touch screen-based tablet PC (“PIA tab- let”). Sensors are placed in different locations in the prima- ry end-user’s home, in order to help the PIA system choose and present location-relevant video clips.
For instance, in the bathroom, the end-user may choose between videos showing the usage of the washing machine, setting the correct temperature on the shower, or doing a pedicure. The PIA user interface is clear and simple. The user just presses a confirm button to start the video. The video can be stopped, re-played, played slowly etc. There is a help button which sends a “con- tact me” message to pre-chosen carers if the user experiences insurmountable difficulties and needs more concrete help. Check-lists may be implemented as short video sequences.
The video clips can be produced by formal or informal carers, or even be provided by producers of appliances. The PIA system offers video clip templates and practical guidelines to the secondary end-users to facilitate production of the video clips and to integrate basic interactivity in these. The video clips are up-loaded to the PIA video libraries stored in the cloud and also stored locally within the PIA client application on the tablet. The PIA web application connects carers and assists the se- condary end-users in all steps of setting up the PIA system in the primary end-user’s home, including advice on how to choose and choose the sensors and place them in the home.