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Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERC TechSAge) is a collaborative grant center based at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 2013, TechSAge features multidisciplinary research, development, and training projects that are dedicated to understanding the needs of, and developing supportive technologies for, people aging with long-term vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities.

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Stretch Robot Pitch Competition

Student Competition at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: The Stretch Robot Pitch Competition, sponsored by TechSAge RERC, in collaboration with Hello Robot Inc and Procter & Gamble, is seeking innovative hardware or software solutions to support individuals aging with disabilities by using the Stretch robot. Stretch is an open source mobile manipulator with reaching, grasping, and sensing capabilities to support people with a wide range of tasks. Submit your concept by 11/19. Cash prizes & more!

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Sensitivity of Apple Watch fall detection feature

The Apple Watch is a popular smartwatch that includes a number of health monitoring features, from tracking steps to heart rate. Recent versions of the Apple Watch include a fall detection feature, designed to sense when a fall has occurred and trigger a call to emergency services if the fall is followed by a period of inactivity. In a new TechSAge publication in Assistive Technology, researchers explored whether or not the device can accurately detect falls among wheelchair users. Findings revealed that the Apple Watch fall detection feature had poor sensitivity to detect intentional falls from a wheelchair and highlight the need for a reliable fall detection and alert system for wheeled device users. Article from Abou et al., available upon request.

Latest Publications

The Validity, Reliability, and Sensitivity

of a Smartphone-based Seated Postural Control Assessment in Wheelchair Users

Design for One is Design for All

The Past, Present, and Future of Universal Design as a Strategy for Ageing-in-Place with Disability

Defining Aging in Place:

The Intersectionality of Space, Person, and Time.
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Staff Spotlight: Lelah Cochran

Lelah Cochran is an undergraduate computer engineering student at Georgia Tech. As a research assistant for the Tele Tai Chi Study, Lelah supports all aspects of the project from developing materials, to screening participants, to collecting data. She serves as a Tech Moderator during the online tai chi classes for older adults with long-term mobility disabilities, responsible for broadcasting the exercise lessons on Zoom and helping with any tech issues that arise. When Lelah is not working or studying, she enjoys reading intimidatingly big fantasy books, drinking iced coffee, and taking long walks with her dog.

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Become a Research Participant!

We maintain a registry of names of people who are interested in being contacted about research studies. Opportunities include: surveys, focus groups, interviews, and technology evaluations. Depending on the study, you may be able to participate on the phone, online, on campus, at your home, or in other locations.

Interested in joining? We need to ask a you a few questions about yourself to see which studies you might be eligible for and match your interests with our researchers. Complete the brief survey (5-10 minutes) online here:

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TechSAge research is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90REGE0006-01-00 ). 

NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).