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Intuitive Interaction for Everyone with Home Appliances Based on Industry Standards

Principal researcher

Name: ALEXANDERSSON, JAN

Contact details: DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH, Trippstadter Strasse 122 Postfach 67663, GERMANY
Tel: +49-681-3025347 
Fax: +49-681-3025020 

Website: www.i2home.org

Project details

Start date: 09/2006
End date: 12/2009

Description: Despite recent advancements in information and communication technologies and growing sales numbers, industry has been rather reluctant to standardise access technologies and to implement them in a Design for All approach. The design and the implementation of appliances, mobile phones and remote controls are driven by the ambition to satisfy users that are already engaged in modern technologies. Thus many people with disabilities, in particular persons with cognitive disabilities and older persons, are excluded from using modern technologies, at home and in the public. 

This also means that they are - and will be increasingly more - severely impeded in participating in our society, in living an independent life and in realizing their full potential. I2HOME will address this problem with an approach based on existing and evolving industry standards. We will focus on the use of home appliances by persons with cognitive disabilities and older persons. At the same time we will take care that the developed and standardized access strategies will be applicable to domains beyond the home. 

In I2HOME, we will build upon a new series of industry standards (ANSI/INCITS 389ff) for interfacing networked appliances by means of a Universal Remote Console (URC). We will use an architecture with a Universal Control Hub (UCH) as core component that communicates to networked (off-the-shelf) home appliances and consumer electronics devices through industry networking protocols. The UCH will provide intelligent and adaptable interfaces that are particularly targeted to persons with cognitive disabilities and older persons. The user interfaces will be designed according to the results of a broad requirements analysis and will include multimodal communication and activity management. In an incremental process, we will conduct large evaluations of the project intermediate results in controlled laboratory environments as well as in day-care centres.

Other organisations involved in this project

ASOCIACION CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIAS DE INTERACCION VISUAL Y COMUNICACIONES-VICOMTECH
SIEMENS AG
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
GOTTFRIED ZIMMERMANN - ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES GROUP
FUNDACION INSTITUTO GERONTOLOGICO MATIA - INGEMA
METICUBE - SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO, COMUNICACAO E MULTIMEDIA LDA
HJALPMEDELSINSTITUTET

Last updated: 28/04/2010