Nothing exceeds meeting people eye-to-eye but new telepresence technology provides, however the second best. CVN results will be based on user oriented research of the elderly and elderly organisations, creating a network that supports:
Family contact and activities, linking elderly with family, friends and relatives to support the social needs over distance;
Care contact, linking elderly with their care professional and supporting the care plan;
Community, linking elderly with the community based on shared interests, hobbies, pastimes and personal experiences.
ConnectedVitality – The Personal Telepresence Network (CVN) – aims to link groups of senior citizens into a video communication network, enabling them to choose the activity as well as levels of social interaction according to their individual needs, abilities and lifestyle.
Expected results and impact
We believe that with the creation of a new generation of multi point videoconferencing formats tuned to the personal preferences of elderly. In which up to 50 people can interact and conduct social meaningful activities with each other, a new vision on meaningful contact over distance will arise.
This project was featured in the book: “Designed Technologies for Healthy Aging” which is expected by March 31 2014, published by Morgan and Claypool Publishers (ISBN-10: 1627053174).