Research projects include detailed user needs assessments and creative technology-based interventions aimed at guiding technology innovation and design for people aging with disability.

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R1 Needs Assessment and Technology Use

This project will provide the groundwork to drive research and development of technologies to support people aging with disability, including TechSAge projects. Building upon previous research, we are continuing efforts to understand user needs for everyday activities in-depth among older adults with long-term vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities. 

female wheelchair user speaking to amazon echo.

R2 Voice Activated Digital Assistants

We are developing and testing a series of voice-activated skills for Amazon Alexa designed to support people aging with mobility disabilities at home. These skills integrate Alexa’s voice command capabilities with a variety of smart home technologies, from robotic vacuums to smart lightbulbs. 

female wheelchair user using a laptop.

R3 Telewellness Technologies

The Telewellness Technologies project is attempting to bring the social and physical health benefits of group exercise classes to a virtual format in order to increase accessibility to people aging with mobility disabilities. In collaboration with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, our researchers are translating an in-person, evidence-based Tai Chi class to an online, social experience through a video conferencing platform.

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