‘Ambient assisted living’ research at CLARITY can improve life for the elderly

There are a number of ways that devices connected to the web can help improve the quality of life and health of the elderly. This picture depicts a 2012 trial of ‘ambient assisted technology’ by Siemens in the homes of people aged 50 or over in Potsdam, Germany (credit: Siemens)

Technology connected to the web can help improve the quality of life of older people and also act as an important monitor on their health.

That’s according to Professor Gregory O’Hare, based at UCD’s CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies.

Ambient assisted living is the term giving to the linking of web-enabled devices that can do everything from sending out a warning to a GP, if an older person hasn’t moved, to reminding them that it’s time to watch their favourite TV show.

LISTEN: Interview with Prof Gregory O’Hare

Broadcast on Science Spinning on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 19-04-2012

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