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TECHSAGE CENTER AWARDS TOP DESIGN FOR THE AGING WITH DISABILITY POPULATIONStudents from the National University of Singapore, L'école de Design Nantes Atlantique and Georgia Tech have been awarded the top 3 places for best designs across categories in the first ever international design competition on technologies to support aging with disability.
KEYMAT AWARED TECHSAGE UNIVERSAL DESIGN AWARD AT SPRING 2016 CONVERGENCE INNOVATION COMPETITION (CIC)A standing desk mat that promotes health and wellness was the big winner at the Spring 2016 Convergence Innovation Competition, which focused on connected living. KeyMat uses touch sensors to determine where and for how long users have been standing. It then takes this information, along with the user’s weight and height, to approximately calculate how many calories they have burned. The project, developed by Georgia Tech students David Howard, Alfonso Soldevilla, and Veronica Young, won two awards—1st place in the Connected Home category and as well as the Universal Design Award, sponsored by RERC TechSAge.
ROBOTIC ASSISTANCE FOR EVERYDAY TASKSCollaborating with Henry Evans, a stroke survivor with quadriplegia, researchers on the Mobile Manipulator Robot project continue to expand capabilities of the PR2 robot to assist with everyday tasks, like shaving. The team has also developed and installed a robotic bed in his home designed to assist with body positioning.
MOBILE APPICATIONS TO SUPPORT AGING WITH DISABILITYDevelopment projects represent a range of cutting-edge technologies, including several mobile applications. Pictured here: screenshots of the ALIGN route planning app show how the user can create pedestrian routes that best suit their needs based on desired environmental characteristics.
EXPLORING USE AND NEEDS FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGYA primary focus of TechSAge is to better understand current use of and needs for assistive technology among individuals aging with long-term impairments. This photo features a woman using a portable braille display device; this assistive technology for blind/low vision people provides a refreshable braille display and keyboard that connects with mobile devices, like smartphones.
USER NEEDS OF DEAF/HARD OF HEARING OLDER ADULTSDr. Jenny Singleton is a TechSAge investigator exploring the user needs of seniors who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. She is a Professor of Psychology whose research focuses on how brain and behavior is influenced by the learning of American Sign Language (ASL). In addition, she is a daughter to two Deaf parents. In this photo, Dr. Singleton is using sign language to communicate with her parents over FaceTime on the computer.
PROMOTING DESIGN FOR AGING AND DISABILITY AMONG GEORGIA TECH STUDENTSAs a part of TechSAge training, students have the opportunity to participate in courses, activities, and competitions that promote a greater understanding of how sensory and mobility impairments impact everyday life and technology use. In this photo, psychology students participate in an aging simulation activity; while wearing glasses that simulate age-related vision conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, they are asked they are asked to complete certain reading tasks.
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge)
- to support people with chronic conditions and long-term impairments who are at risk of disability or increased disability due to comorbid age-related losses;
- by empowering these individuals to sustain independence; maintain health; engage safely in basic activities at home and in the community; and fully participate in society;
- through increasing knowledge about, availability of, and access to effective, universally-designed technologies.
TechSAge Welcome Message in American Sign Language (ASL)
TechSAge investigator, Jenny Singleton, provides an introduction to TechSAge in American Sign Language.
TechSAge research is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5016-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).