User-Specific Concepts of Aging - A Qualitative Approach on AAL-Acceptance Regarding Ultrasonic Whistles

  title={User-Specific Concepts of Aging - A Qualitative Approach on AAL-Acceptance Regarding Ultrasonic Whistles},
  author={Hannah Biermann and Simon Himmel and Julia Offermann-van Heek and Martina Ziefle},
Against the background of demographic change, today’s society is getting increasingly older. In order to handle growing care needs and shortages of skilled workers, ambient assisted living (AAL) technologies provide prevention and rehabilitation measures which facilitate aging in place and relieve caregivers. In this context, ultrasonic whistles could represent an innovative assistance system for home automation, safety prevention, positioning, and motion analysis. However, the acceptance of… 
Ambient Assisted Living as Support for Aging in Place: Quantitative Users’ Acceptance Study on Ultrasonic Whistles
Investigation of users’ perception and evaluation of ultrasonic whistles in home care revealed profound insights into the user-centered assessment of ultrasonics and discovered function and room as influencing acceptance parameters.
Older Users' Benefit and Barrier Perception of Using Ultrasonic Whistles in Home Care
Examination of the use of ultrasonic whistles in home care with special attention given to older adults’ benefit and barrier perception contributes to a deeper understanding of age and the perception of aging in the context of AAL technology acceptance.
Cultural Impact on Perceptions of Aging, Care, and Lifelogging Technology: A Comparison between Turkey and Germany
This study investigates how participants of the two countries handle and evaluate the topics aging and care, and to what extent these attitudes are connected with the perception and acceptance of assisting technologies.
Colors of Aging: Cross-cultural Perception of Lifelogging Technologies in Older Age
The insights identify the cultural background of potential users as a relevant impacting parameter and should be considered when technologies are developed and tailored to the needs of specific user groups.
Playfully Assessing the Acceptance and Choice of Ambient Assisted Living Technologies by Older Adults
A personal and playful assessment approach with regard to diverse AAL technologies is developed using an interview study and an online survey addressing older adults, finding their suitability, differences, and similarities.
Privacy Concerns and the Acceptance of Technologies for Aging in Place
To understand the nature and impact of privacy concerns, two empirical studies were conducted and contribute to an understanding on how technologies should be designed to match the desires of potential users.
Guidelines for Integrating Social and Ethical User Requirements in Lifelogging Technology Development
Lifelogging technologies have the potential to facilitate and enrich the everyday life of younger as well as older people. On the one hand, tracking and logging of data about activities and behavior
Video Cameras for Lifelogging at Home: Preferred Visualization Modes, Acceptance, and Privacy Perceptions among German and Turkish Participants
Understanding of requirements for a successful implementation of a video-based assistive technology in private environments to optimally address the needs of the future users is supported, drawing attention to the important cultural influences that affect its acceptance.


Helpful but Spooky? Acceptance of AAL-systems Contrasting User Groups with Focus on Disabilities and Care Needs
Results indicate that disabled and care-needy people show a higher acceptance and intention to use an AAL system than “not-experienced” people or care givers and that the motives for use and non-use differ strongly with regard to user diversity as well.
Smart Home Medical Technologies: Users’ Requirements for Conditional Acceptance
Results show that visual monitoring is accepted least, positioning best and the role of private and public rooms has a strong influence on acceptance, whereas user factors play only a minor role for AAL acceptance.
User Diversity as a Challenge for the Integration of Medical Technology into Future Smart Home Environments
Outcomes show the importance of understanding of users’ needs and wants in order to develop user-centred medical technology concepts and to allow a successful rollout of e-health applications in home environments.
E-Health for Older Adults: Assessing and Evaluating User Centered Design with Subjective Methods
E-health has the potential to reduce older adults’ dependence on the health care workforce and to support them if they choose to live independently as long as they are able to.
Senior residents’ perceived need of and preferences for “smart home” sensor technologies
An overall positive attitude toward sensor technologies for nonobtrusive monitoring is indicated, and researchers and practitioners are called upon to address ethical and technical challenges in this emerging domain.
A Small but Significant Difference - The Role of Gender on Acceptance of Medical Assistive Technologies
The current research aimed to study user diversity with a focus on gender differences in adoption of medical assistive technologies in general and in particular, smart textiles, and considered gender as a key moderator of acceptance aspects in the medical context.
Different Perspectives on Technology Acceptance: The Role of Technology Type and Age
Effects of age and gender in acceptance ratings suggest a differential perspective on eHealth acceptance, and main utilization motives of eHealth technology and technology-specific acceptance patterns are identified, especially regarding issues of data safety in the eHealth context.
Older Users' Wish List for Technology Attributes - A Comparison of Household and Medical Technologies
Exploring user diversity, effects of age, gender, and health status on the perception of technology requirements show that not only user diversity but also the specific technology type present as critical factors in the definition of proper attributes of technology.
Older adults talk technology: Technology usage and attitudes
Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living - Technology for Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Well-being
  • J. Augusto
  • Medicine
    Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living
  • 2012
This book presents and summarizes the achievements of an accomplished group of researchers around the globe and from diverse technical backgrounds to optimize the use of healthcare technology and integrate such technology into human lives in a way that will benefit all.