Elderly people have to face social isolation more frequently than younger ones. Here, communication technology could be of help. However, it is mostly the complex operation of the devices in use which makes this strategy fail. In the project BRELOMATE, the St.Pölten UAS developed a prototype for an online game. Now, together with kabelplus, this prototype is to be further developed to a marketable game, information and communication platform.
“The social environment and standard of living of the elderly threatened by lonliness could be improved and fostered by integrating them into the world of communication technology. Easy use is a major requirement in order to make elderly people use these offers”, says the head of project Jakob Doppler, UAS lecturer at the department Media and Digital Technologies of the St. Pölten UAS.
He coordinates the project BRELOMATE 2 (Breaking Loneliness with Mobile Interaction and Communication Technology for Elderly). In this enterprise, the St. Pölten UAS researches in cooperation with the company kabelplus how a TV set with an operational tablet can be turned into a user friendly and cost-efficient tool of a game, information and communication platform.
"Together with the St.Pölten UAS, we can contribute remarkably to the development of a future interactive TV and of helpful online services for seniors“, says Manfred Binter, general manager of kabelplus.
“From the very beginning elderly people were involved in the development process, which ensured a needs-oriented design. Test persons described the prototype of the forerunner project as unique, lively, and conveniently simply and quickly learnable“, says Johannes Pflegerl, head of forerunner project developing the prototype and of the Ilse Arlt Institute on Social Inclusion Research of the St. Pölten UAS.
Didactic concept and “Ambassadors of Technology“
Employees of the service and competence centre for didactics (SKILL) of the St. Pölten UAS developed a didactic concept to the project. This concept is to stimulate and support learning processes of potential users on the developed platform. The department of Computer Science and Security of the St. Pölten UAS is also involved in the project by examining the IT security of the system.
The BRELOMATE projects are financed by the Federal Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the framework of the FFG-Programme benefit.