The project aims at integrating miniaturised physiological sensors into hearing glasses device with ambient sensors in order to gather ambient and physiological data and transform them into relevant information through the implementation of specific algorithms. This information will be used for providing customised services to end-users for improving daily quality of life, tele-recalibration of hearing devices as well monitoring physical conditions. To achieve the best results within the AHEAD project end-users will be involved into the development process right from the beginning to guarantee maximum usability, perceived usefulness, acceptance and accessibility of the proposed AHEAD system. The consortium is ensuring their involvement from the very beginning of the project based on the user-centred design approach (UCD). End user involvement in the pilots allows us to assess the benefit of the proposed solution.


The AHEAD project aims at increasing the quality of life of elderly by assisting them for keeping an active and independent life. Physical and cognitive condition all decrease as a person is getting older. To improve quality of life of elderly, the project make use of devices that elderly people have already adopted: eyeglasses and hearing aid. The integration and combination of advanced and innovative sensing as well as ICT based modules will result in supporting system for improving daily life and health condition.

Expected results and impact

Hearing impairment constitutes an additional handicap to the natural process of aging that has a very negative impact in the quality of life, having a great impact in the human communication process, leading to isolation and sometimes to depression. Expected provided services will help elderly end users to life more independently, helping them in gaining confidence and supporting healthy life, and most important facilitating communication with other humans. Social, health and economic impact is ensured once the project achieve technological and user acceptance challenges.


Partners involved in the AHEAD project

Organization Type Country Website
Atos Large Industry Spain www.atosresearch.eu
Tecnalia R&D Spain www.tecnalia.com
Innovationsmanufaktur SME Germany www.holistic-innovation.org
Center for Usability Research and Engineering R&D Austria www.cure.at
Johanniter End User Austria www.johanniter.at
Cosinuss SME Germany www.cosinuss.com
AuditData SME Denmark www.auditdata.com
Bruckhoff R&D Germany www.bruckhoff.com/en/start
Forschungszentrum Informatik an der Universität Karlsruhe SME Germany www.fzi.de/en
  • Project name: Augmented Hearing Experience and Assistance for Daily life
  • Website: www.ahead-project.eu
  • Coordinator: Augmented Hearing Experience and Assistance for Daily life
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.07.2013
  • Total budget: € 3.843.436
  • Public contribution: € 2.096.609


Manuel Marcelino Perez Perez

E.: manuel.perez@atos.net

T.: +34 91 214 80 44


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