The FoSIBLE approach builds on TV-based Social Interaction technologies in the context of Smart Living Rooms, using entertainment console and social media technologies to provide communication, interaction & entertainment services.

To fulfil our aim, FoSIBLE activities are organised in such a way that functionalities are designed and implemented into components to address specific user requirements that can be combined to support full-scale application scenarios. FoSIBLE prototypes are developed using a user centred and participatory approach. End-users from Austria, Germany and France are involved in the project. In addition, the end-user organisation Les Arcades is in charge of evaluating the potential benefits of the solution.


FoSIBLE aims at the well-being and self-esteem of older people by supporting an active life-style to prevent loneliness. FoSIBLE aims at providing bridging spaces to foster social interactions and experiences by acknowledging the diversity of preferences, needs and interests. Fosible will develop a Social TV community platform with game technologies and smart furniture and will provide adapted input devices including gesture recognition fostering social support between peers through virtual communities and entertainment applications.

Expected results and impact

FoSIBLE is targeted around providing a TV-based Social Media Centre with services for :

  • Staying in touch with relatives and friends, as well as contacting peer groups
  • Participating in games and physical activity
  • Sharing interests (cooking, poetry, etc.)

The project intends to provide new ways to control social technology applications, e.g. via tablet control, gestures, or smart furniture. An open platform will allow for additional integration and dissemination to end-users.


Partners involved in the FoSIBLE project

Organization Type Country Website
University of Duisburg-Essen R&D Germany
University of Siegen R&D Germany
Fraunhofer Institute IMS R&D Germany
University of Technology of Troyes R&D France
CURE – Center of Usability Research and Engineering R&D Austria
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH R&D Austria
Mauser Einrichtungssysteme GmbH & Co. KG Large Industry Germany
Kaasa Solution GmbH SME Germany
Malakoff-Médéric Centre Les Arcades End User France
  • Project name: Fostering Social Interactions for a Better Life of the Elderly
  • Website: 
  • Coordinator: University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Duration: 30 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.05.2010
  • Total budget: 2.879.451 €
  • Public contribution1.871.030 €


Prof. Dr.-Ing Jürgen Ziegler & Steffen Budweg


T.: +49 203 379 – 2270

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