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Welcome to TechSAge at Georgia Tech!
TECHSAGE STATE OF THE SCIENCEThe TechSAge Project Directors and Project Coordinator welcomed a packed house for this two-day conference, highlighting the latest research advances and priorities in development, design, and deployment of technologies for aging with disability. Event featured a lineup of guest speakers and panelists, who are leading researchers and professionals in this space, as well as open house presentations from the RERC and various aging & disability projects at Georgia Tech. Pictured here (Right to Left): Wendy Rogers, Jon Sanford, Elena Gonzalez, & Tracy Mitzner.
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).