Moving from lab testing of Active & Healthy Ageing technologies to real-life implementation

TitleMoving from lab testing of Active & Healthy Ageing technologies to real-life implementation
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBillis, Antonis, Konstantinidis Evdokimos, Bratsas Charalampos A., Siountas Anastasios, and Bamidis Panagiotis
Conference Name9th International Conference in PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
Conference LocationCorfu, Greece
ISBN Number978-1-4503-4337-4/16/06
KeywordsActive and Healthy Ageing, Co-Creation, Co-design, ecological validity, living lab, Research Methods
Abstract

This paper exhibits two different cases of pilot contexts, that embrace the main principles of the Living Lab approach, which is the user-driven testing and development of technology in real-life environments. In the first case, a pilot phase was conducted in an ehome-like space within the premises of the Lab of Medical Physics Laboratory, based on a free-form protocol, allowing for increased ecologically validity of the study's results. In the second case, some elderly participants of the initial cohort agreed to install the technology to their own homes, providing the chance for monitoring in their daily life context. Transition from lab to homes revealed many factors that would not have been recognized in the first place. Comparing those two different Living Lab settings reveal pros and cons for each approach, depending on the case scenario.

DOI10.1145/2910674.2935847