ICT for ageing well.



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3rD-LIFE aims to improve the quality of life of ageing people providing them with a virtual tool for interacting with other users and other functionalities which will be achieved through the development of a tool consisting in a 3D virtual environment especially adapted to be used by ageing people. With only a computer and an internet connection, they will be able to, from their own homes and through their own voices, communicate with other users, make audio and video calls to real world terminals and have a more joyful and active live thanks to the applications that will be implemented.




3D Simulation Platforms

The users will be represented as avatars, since the accessibility, usability and navigation will be central points. The target group is mainly people from 60 to 75 years old without specific cognitive problems.

 The operative objectives of the project will be:

  1.  To develop a fully functional 3-dimensional computer simulation platform
  2. To design and create the content of the platform on a 3D environment that will constitute the functionalities, visual aspect and interaction possibilities
  3. To include existing tools and applications (interoperability), through new adaptations to be used in the 3D virtual environment
  4. To validate the final solution in pilot testings in two EU countries to ensure the reliability, usability and adaptability to the final users’ needs.
  5. To develop a detailed exploitation plan for the results of the project
  6. To disseminate the project results to final users, public administrations and the research community.
Expected results and impact:
  1. A 3D virtual environment for elderly people, to allow them from their own homes and with only a common PC and an Internet connection, to access a virtual world where they will establish social relationships with known or new persons, learn new things through e-learning tools, look up the latest news, play games, etc., as well as making phone and video calls.
  2. Pilot testing of the 3D solution with a target group of elderly users in Spain and Austria.
Organisation Type Country Website
Fundación Instituto Gerontológico Matia-INGEMA R&D Spain
University of Ljubljana University Slovenja
One2tribe SME Poland
Information & Image Management Systems SME Spain
Center for usability research and engineering R&D Austria

Coordinator: Fundación INGEMA, Spain

Duration: 18 Months

Starting Date: 01 July 2011

Total budget: € 1.700.000

Public contribution: € 1.030.000


Iker Laskibar
Fundación INGEMA
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20009 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)

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