ACTIVE AND ASSISTED LIVING PROGRAMME

ICT for ageing well.

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V2ME

V2ME

Overcome Loneliness

V2me combines real life and virtual social network elements to prevent and overcome loneliness in Europe’s ageing population. It supports active ageing by increased integration in the society through the provision of advanced social connectedness and social network services.

Social Innovation

The V2me system will allow the elderly user to communicate and engage in social activities with friends, family and caregivers via easy-to-use devices with specifically designed user interfaces. Giving the user the ability to appear to the outside world in the way he desires.

User-Centered Design

The V2me system will be tested in three different pilot sites in three different countries, evaluating usability, user experience and acceptance of core functionality. Additionally, a long term evaluation will be performed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, that will assess the effects of the system on the perceived loneliness of the elderly persons. It is planned to perform this study on 180 subjects.

 

Objectives:

V2me aims at integrating elderly people in pleasant social networks and meaningful activities, enhances physical and mental fitness, empowers reciprocal assistance and help, and thus reduces societal challenges through increased health costs and care expenditures. The easy-to-use V2me solution gives senior citizens not only pleasure, but also quick access to existing and new social contacts with maximised control and protection.

The V2me Virtual Coach, actively initiates and mediates social relationships with friends and partners as well as professional contacts through social networks.

Expected results and impact:

The end result of V2me will be a platform based on intuitive user interfaces and innovative virtual character usage in the domain of AAL. This platform will be thoroughly evaluated with end-users and care service professionals in three different countries. Furthermore the effects of the system on a user’s quality-of-life will be evaluated in a long-term study.

We expect the system to be a viable option for fighting loneliness in Europe’s ageing population, providing an improved social integration, as well as a virtual friend that helps the user to create meaningful relationships and expand his social network.

Parnters:

V2ME

ORGANISATIONTYPECOUNTRYWEBSITE
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.Research organisationGermanywww.fraunhofer.de
Diakonie NeuendettelsauEnd-user organisationGermanywww.diakonieneuendettelsau.de
Hospital IT ASSMENorwaywww.hospitality.no
Mawell Ltd.SMEFinlandwww.mawell.com
Graz University of TechnologyResearch organisationAustriawww.tugraz.at
User Interface Design GmbHSMEGermanywww.uid.com
Université de LuxembourgUniversity/Research organisationLuxembourgwww.uni.lu
VTT Technical Research Center of FinlandResearch organisationFinlandwww.vtt.fi
VU University Amsterdam/Dept. CAMeRAUniversity/Research organisationThe Netherlandswww.vu.nl

Coordinator: Fraunhofer, Germany

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 May 2010

Total budget: € 3.600.000

Public contribution: € 2.600.000

Contacts:

Dr. Reiner Wichert
reiner.wichert@igd.fraunhofer.de
+49-6155-155-574
Fraunhoferstr. 5, 64283 Darmstadt
Germany