Equipping an older adult’s home with different technologies is not the solution to create a perfect home environment but already available technologies hold the ability to make a useful contribution. The TV as an integral part of peoples’ everyday life can be found in many homes and is therefore one of the most widespread and familiar devices that influences people lives. While in former days the TV has been mainly used to retrieve news and as a medium for entertainment, Internet access has promoted the development of interactive TV.

GeTVivid aims at supporting older adults with mild impairments to manage their daily activities in their home and aims at improving the quality of life, autonomy and participation in social life. Our overall goal is to design for “natural” and easy-to-learn interactions that will lower cognitive demands and allow older persons to keep regular contact with people. Therefore, a platform connecting TV devices will be developed based on the HbbTV standard and complemented with a mobile second screen. Through push and pull customised information and services can be provided to the older adults. The access will be on-demand either by changing to a specific channel, pressing a button on the remote control or touching a button on the mobile front-end. By applying user-centred design the users and their activities, goals and characteristics are placed in the centre of the development process, i.e. the specification of potential services will be explored within this project together with them. As HbbTV is a rather new technology to many users and application developers, it will be crucial to get to know the affordances of the digital material (HbbTV) by exploring the properties (e.g., the combination with a second mobile screen).


The project aims at offering a set of AAL-related functionality and services to older adults as well as informal and formal carers through the use of connected TV devices based on the HbbTV standard complemented with a mobile second screen. The initially proposed services/functions are:

  • a help exchange system to enable older adults to offer/ask for support for daily life activities to/from others
  • access to service providers like meals on wheels, shopping assistance, house-keeping, taxi, medical help or assistance, etc.
  • support functions like reminders, news, weather, etc.


Expected results and impact

The outcome of the project will improve the quality of life, autonomy and participation in social life by offering a platform that provides:

  • the necessary modularity to adapt to the users’ needs and demands
  • an informal care exchange system, i.e. needs in terms of care can be compensated by exchanging messages with other GeTVivid users
  • third-party services like daily necessities, domestic servicing and maintenance, transport or care;
  • support and information like daily life planning, announcement of regionally organized shared activities, news or weather.


Partners involved in the GeTVivid project

Organization Type Country Website
Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg R&D Austria
University of St. Gallen R&D Switzerland
CURAVIVA Verband Heime und Institutionen Schweiz End User Switzerland
Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik GmbH SME Germany
Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH SME Germany
Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg e.V. End User Germany
EURAG Österreich End User Austria
  • Project name: GeTVivid – Let’s do things together
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.07.2013
  • Total budget: € 3.334.052
  • Public contribution: € 2.175.348


Univ.Prof. Dr. Manfred Tscheligi


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