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GUIDE for Elderly Citizens

The GUIDE project especially considers elderly citizens as users in the project. The recent developments in digital TV bring new exciting services on the TV (Internet, communication, social media) and introduce innovative interaction concepts (such as speech, gestures, second screens, smart remote controls), but it has to be ensured that all parts of the society participate in this development. Therefore GUIDE develops technology that can adapt the TV experience to a user’s individual needs, and make TV interaction more convenient.

Figure: Elderly users using GUIDE at home



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“GUIDE develops solutions to make TV experiences more accessible for elderly people. “

Elderly users and their specific needs and impairments are in the focus of the GUIDE project. User interface adaptation in GUIDE especially considers typical impairments of the ageing society, and tries to compensate for decline with multi-modal support. In a similar way the user simulator mimics the effect of ageing-related impairments in TV interaction. Elderly users represent the group of citizens that will benefit most from the results of the project, of course not directly but through the appliance of GUIDE tools in the industry.

“GUIDE supports the development of applications that can help to improve social inclusion and independent living.”

GUIDE has already performed three phases of trials with elderly users in the first year of the project. Results showed many users already have experience with technology (PC, TV) and are highly interested in the applications that GUIDE is in the process of developing. They clearly see the benefits for their daily life in some of the features provided in GUIDE, e.g., share experiences in video conferencing, and automate their home environment or access information in TV or specific education content. Adaptation of user interfaces allows them to compensate for their impairments, and simplifies the way they interact with TV-based applications.

“GUIDE results will be also relevant for general personalisation, and therefore basically applicable for all users.”

It must be understood that a profile-base adaptation of a user interface cannot only be useful for elderly people, when compensating for specific impairments, but for every user. Multi-modal interaction is attractive for all users, and every user wants to get a personalised experience, that best fits his needs and requirements. Therefore it is expected that the outcomes of GUIDE will also support the development of smarter user interfaces and service personalisation.

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