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CARE - Extending a Digital Picture Frame with a Recommender Mode to Enhance Well-Being of Elderly People


CARE - Extending a Digital Picture Frame with a Recommender Mode to Enhance Well-Being of Elderly People

in: Istanbul, Turkey Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth '15)

Verlag: ICST (Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering)


This contribution addresses the development of technology for the elderly with the aim to improve their general well-being. We report work on a prototype system named CARE that combines functionality of a digital image frame with an active recommender mode. The purpose of the recommender is to provide the user with context-specific recommendations. Recommendations are chosen on the basis of data acquired by sensors embedded in the user's environment, and a well-being model to carefully decide on at which point in time what kind of activity is most suitable to suggest. We describe conception and implementation of a 1st CARE prototype that we used for in-situ testing in a senior's home, as well as for gathering feedback on system usage and user appreciation. The paper concludes with some lessons learned from analyzing log file data of the trial period and from conducting a post-trial interview.