The HearMeFeelMe project aims at developing ICT-based systems that provide elderly people with visual impairments an easy, simple and intuitive way to access information and digital services in their home environment, allowing them to (1) have equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of the society, (2) maintain their independency, avoiding dependency on others in order accessing information and services, and (3) improve the quality of life and individual wellbeing of the elderly.

The HearMeFeelMe project deals with the chronic condition of vision impairment. There are promising possibilities to support the visually impaired elderly in better managing their everyday lives with the help of modern information and communication technology. HMFM explores the possibilities for improving the quality of life by providing mobile service access for the visually impaired elderly using services related to medication and medicine related information and services.


Innovative ICT services and systems will be developed utilizing a low-cost infrastructure based on RFID based NFC tags

  • The user can use a non-discriminating device which is familiar for them, such as their own mobile phone to access the services provided;
  • The proposed scenarios will help elderly people with visual handicaps in medication management;

There is a tight involvement of end user organizations throughout the process. Scenarios cover the whole service chain from the pharmacy to the end user.

Expected results and impact


Development of haptic and audio user interfaces to support accessing and consuming medication management services and content.


Using digital service access points for accessing services and information available in the everyday environment of the elderly users with vision impairment.


Creating frameworks for evaluation of value creation of digital services especially in the domain of elderly care and supporting the lives of elderly users.


Partners involved in the HMFM project

Organization Type Country Website
VTT R&D Finland
FFVI End User Finland
Caritas Foundation End User Finland
Oulun 6. Jousten Apteekki Large Industry Finland
Top Tunniste SME Finland
Tecnalia R&D Spain
National Center for Scientific Research ”Demokritos” R&D Greece
  • Project name: Hear Me Feel Me
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Duration: 29 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.07.2012
  • Total budget: € 1.600.000
  • Public contribution: € 1.200.000


Minna Isomursu


T.: +358 40 8433 871


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