Senior Inclusive project: aging with quality of life

The Senior Inclusive project was featured in the program “O Norte Somos Nós”, in Porto Canal.

This Senior Inclusive project is a co-promotion from Centro de Computação Gráfica (CCG), Universidade do Minho (UM), Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros (PIEP), and siosLIFE.

Senior Inclusive target and audience

As the name implies, the Senior Inclusive is focused on the elderly population, seeking to provide better accompaniment to the elderly.

By creating equipment fit for the needs of the senior population, this project aims to keep older people active and to improve their sense of security. This allows to benefit the elderly, and at the same time a whole community of caregivers.

Senior Inclusive solution

This equipment, made up of a tablet + wristband (both adapted to the hardware level, with an inclusive design and customized software depending on the user profile), allows the elderly to make simple and quick calls/video calls to their caregivers, family members, or friends.

It is also possible to interconnect the equipment with devices for measuring health parameters, with a real-time location and the detection of falls. Thus, it is possible to transmit emergency and/or abnormality alerts to the caregivers of the elderly.

Ergonomic adaptation to the device is another concern of this project.

Source: Porto Canal, program “O Norte Somos Nós“.

CCG contribution to Senior Inclusive

The CCG, through its applied research domain CVIG, is collaborating in the development of the project software strand. In particular, it is creating a module of Virtual Assistants (Avatars), built in the image of people or characters known to the elderly. These avatars are an element of companionship always present in the system. Virtual assistants communicate with the elderly, with all of their functionality being remotely configured on the web and mobile platforms, by family members or caregivers.

CVIG is also working on the research and development of pattern recognition algorithms to build a drug recognition application through computer vision.

As Nelson Alves, a researcher at CCG, said in the “90 Seconds of Science” program: “We are working on software to support medication. This population, as a rule, is subject to the daily intake of various medications, which at some point may create some confusion or doubt. Through computer vision, image recognition algorithms and patterns, it is enough for the elderly to show the medicine box to the camera of this device, and he recognizes which drug is associated with it, helping him to take the right medication. ”

The Senior Inclusive project is currently in the midst of its development, and the testing phase has already begun with end users.

Senior Inclusive @ CCG

Senior Inclusive (project nº 17967) is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the NORTE2020 – National Portuguese Operational Program.