2007 IonHome


Small or medium scale focused research project (STREP)
proposal ICT Call 1 FP7 ICT 20071
Intelligent Objects Network for
Home care for Ageing People
IONHome

Date of preparation: 07.05.2007
1 (Coordinator) /RTD VTT Technical Research
Centre of Finland VTT FI
2 SME Lingsoft Oy LINGSOFT FI
3 Ind/Com. Aitek Spa AITEK IT
4 Other eISOTIS ISOTIS GR
5 Other City of Genova GENOA IT
6 Ind/Com. Vestel Electronics VESTEL TR
7 SME ID Technology IDTECH IT
8 Other ORT France ORT FR
9 SME PRO DV Software AG PRODV DE
10 SME CONSEN EEIG EuroGroup A.E.I.E CONSEN ES
11 RTD Helsinki University of Technology TKK FI
12 RDT IT Innovation Centre ITINNOV UK
13 RDT CCSR/ ILab, University of Surrey UNIS UK
Work programme topics addressed
Main topic: ICT for Independent Living and Inclusion,
ICT and ageing [ICT2007.7.1]
Second topic: Networked Media [ICT2007.1.5]
Third topic: Embedded Systems Design [ICT2007.3.3]
Fourth topic: The Network of the Future
[ICT2007.1.1]
Name of the coordinating person: Hannu Kuukkanen
email: hannu.kuukkanen AT vtt.fi
FP7ICT20071 – STREP - 02/05/07 v1 IONHome

The idea to use Digi TV is based on the results on the Finnish national research project "Virike" that showed that that TV was the most familiar communication channel for ageing and disabled persons and that ageing people benefit from speech, textual and video communication possibilities. In our project we use these findings to develop methods that can prolong the independent living and increase the feeling of safety, supply entertainment, social contacts and company.

Proposal abstract
Most ageing people and people with age related impairments prefer to live at their homes as long as possible. It is also the most cost effective solution for the communities responsible for them. But living alone is often difficult, unsafe and lonely. The goal of the project is to improve the life quality of the ageing people with technology.
We develop digital TV towards a personal communication assistant, entertainment, and emergency channel. The TV will be augmented with movement sensors, home robotics, intelligent domestic appliances, and smart objects.
These additions will make it possible to collect useful information about everyday life, alert help if necessary, keep company, show entertainment based on personal preferences, and help in contacts with the outside world.

The main challenges in our project are

* To find the needs and the requirements of the ageing people and the right technology to answer the needs
* To develop easy to use user interfaces that take into account age related impairments
* To achieve seamless integration of different devices and make technology invisible and autonomous.
To achieve our target the project does research and development in the following areas:
* Interactive digital TV computing and browser technology
* Adaptive multimodal user interfaces (haptics, voice  and gesture recognition)
* Data analysis for intelligent interaction
* Home robotics
* Home appliances
* Other terminals and devices which are possible in our system (sensors, webcam, mobile phones, PC)
* Home data bases.