Aware technologies for aging in place: Understanding user needs and attitudes

Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Anne Sophie Melenhorst, Arthur D. Fisk, Wendy A. Rogers

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The usability and engineering challenges in the development of the devices, which help older adults in their daily activities, by the Aware Home Research Initiative are discussed. The low perceived cost and intrusion of Cook's Collage offers hope that such systems could aid older adults in a host of memory-intensitive tasks. Services such as Digital Family Portrait could address the information needs of concerned family members. An interdisciplinary approach that spans technology and social concerns is required to address the Aware Home Research Initiative's challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Pervasive Computing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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