Designing a technology coach

Wendy A. Rogers, Irfan A. Essa, Arthur D. Fisk

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Technology in the home environment has the potential to support older adults in a variety of ways. We took an interdisciplinary approach (human factors/ergonomics and computer science) to develop a technology "coach" that could support older adults in learning to use a medical device. Our system provided a computer vision system to track the use of a blood glucose meter and provide users with feedback if they made an error. This research could support the development of an in-home personal assistant to coach individuals in a variety of tasks necessary for independent living.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalErgonomics in Design
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Home technology
  • Medical devices
  • Support for learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • General Engineering


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