Learning from an Ambient Assisted Living Lab: the case of the Intelligent Bed


This paper presents methodological lessons learned from an Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) lab exploring the use of intelligent beds in a nursing home. The living lab study was conducted over a period of three month. 20 intelligent beds were installed. Data was collected via self-registration, diaries, observations, interviews and workshops with residents, nurses, nursing assistants, management, building officers, and purchasers from the Municipality. The paper presents an analysis within the overall themes of technology, use, and care, which is discussed by use of the SWOT framework presenting strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats identified in the living lab of the intelligent bed. The paper concludes by emphasizing the need for mature technology, long-term studies, clarification of role and tasks of different stakeholders, and attention on methods used for living lab evaluations.

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-432-9-318

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@article{Bygholm2014LearningFA, title={Learning from an Ambient Assisted Living Lab: the case of the Intelligent Bed}, author={Ann Bygholm and Anne Marie Kanstrup}, journal={Studies in health technology and informatics}, year={2014}, volume={205}, pages={318-22} }