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August 2016

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – SightPlus.

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – SightPlus. Innovation for visually impaired UK company creates sight enhancement kit that allows partially sighted people to see again Software for head-mounted wearables has the potential to transform the lives of millions of blind and visually impaired people across the world. Nowadays, we are spoilt for choice with books, magazine, binge-worthy tv shows, and YouTube tutorials on how to do literally everything. This is our culture, so shouldn’t everyone have equal opportunity to access it? UK Company GiveVision believes that they should. To help make this a reality they have created a sight enhancement kit called SightPlus. SightPlus is a wearable, hands-free, vision-enhancement application powering smart glasses to assist visually impaired people. The app enables...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Visual Assistant.

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Visual Assistant. Visual assistant for the visually impaired Smart device screens tailored to your eye condition to enable you to see – reconnect to community, culture, learning and relaxation. The Visual Assistant has been designed to help visually impaired users to adapt the presentation of the outside world optimally to the working parts of their visual system. This allows them to understand and interpret what is in front of them, whether this is a TV, smartphone, tablet, or when navigating in buildings or outdoor environments. By magnifying subtle visual information around the contours of objects, the program is able to uncover unseen clues about shapes and expose hidden edges – enriching the image...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – RIOT

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – RIOT Revolutionising care using the Internet of Things British company shortlisted for prestigious EU award for system that connects and protects the elderly through the Internet Alcove is a British company looking to use the power of the Internet to revolutionise care for the elderly – and it has just been shortlisted for a major award, funded by the EU, for the most innovative system that uses the Internet of Things (IoT). The prestigious award is the first ever Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Challenge Prize, which is awarding €50,000 for the best product or idea that uses IoT to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life to which they aspire,...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Ubiquid

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Ubiquid Never lose anything again thanks to the internet Father and son French company that uses the internet of things to connect the belongings of people in retirement homes to the internet – even their teeth – to prevent them getting lost, is shortlisted for a €50,000 Challenge Prize French company Ubiquid has taken the concept of the internet of things quite literally with its new service designed specifically for retirement homes – even connecting people’s dentures to the world wide web. The innovative start-up, which was started by a father and son who were concerned about their mother/grandmother in a care home, has devised a system that connects all residents’ belongings to...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists- Talkitt

Talkitt makes it possible for people with speech disabilities to communicate and be understood using their own voice  Talkitt’s speech recognition technology translates the unintelligible sounds of people with motor, speech or cognitive disabilities into clear speech in real time. Unlike other AAC devices which can prove to be bulky, expensive and stigmatizing, the Talkitt mobile app (under development) is easily downloadable from the AppStore and can be used on any smart phone or tablet hereby addressing the communication challenges faced by millions of people by enabling them to interact using their own voices in real time. Talkitt’s technological innovation lies in its capacity to familiarise itself with an individual’s unique speech, making no assumptions about the speaker’s phonology. This...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – RelaxedCare

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – RelaxedCare RelaxedCare: A cube that cares New system provides easy way to care and communicate with loved ones in need Informal caregiving is often a stressful role to take on, but the team behind the RelaxedCare System don’t believe that it has to be. Instead of continuously worrying about a loved one’s wellbeing and constantly checking in, this novel technology aims to connect informal caregivers with assisted persons via an intuitive, user-friendly device to eliminate undue concern.  The RelaxedCare System is about conveying information, allaying fears and connecting users. Sensors in the assisted person’s home calculate their wellbeing state which is displayed as a colour on a cubed device, the main component of...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Tavla

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Tavla TAVLA: A new app platform to enable care for older adults Innovative platform provides new app development process to allow people of different limitations to use technology TAVLA is a new app platform for seniors and disabled people that improves their quality of life and enables them to stay longer and self-determined at home. TAVLA empowers care providers to develop apps for their services and reach their customers more easily. This increases the quality of life and security of older adults in their beloved homes. Due to the innovative interaction model of TAVLA the usability of apps is much more intuitive and can be personalised. This innovative and standardised interaction model has...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – AlzhUp

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – AlzhUp An app to fight Alzheimer’s Inventor with personal experience of Alzheimer’s shortlisted for major prize for AlzhUp, a system developed to delay the effects of dementia Dementia is a condition that affects more and more people across the globe and the numbers are only going to increase, particularly with those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s currently accounts for 80 per cent of all dementia cases and more than 47 million people are suffering with it worldwide. That figure is set to double by the year 2050. As well as being a medical challenge, Alzheimer’s is also an economic issue. On average, each patient costs the average...
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The global ageing megatrend: building homes for the future

The global ageing megatrend: building homes for the future  The ageing population of Europe has been seen as a crisis to many as the rising costs of long term care and the challenges that affect the daily lives of older adults put more and more pressure on society. With 75 per cent of houses in the EU are deemed not suitable for independent living, there is now a huge demand for age-friendly homes. So, is this really a crisis, or is it an opportunity to help integrate people into society for longer while simultaneously tapping into a new construction market?   Populations around the world are ageing. This long-term trend began several decades ago in Europe due to increased life...
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