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RERC on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities

An interdisciplinary collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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In the News:

Research by TechSAge Investigator Charlie Kemp and recent Ph.D. graduate, Phil Grice, featured in Georgia Tech Research Horizons. News story, “Seeing through a Robot’s Eyes Helps Those with Profound Motor Impairments”, highlights the team's latest advances with the PR2 mobile manipulator robot in assisting with everyday tasks, like shaving and dressing, for people aging with disability. Read their most recent publication in the open access journal PLOS One.

Featured Article:

From Amazon Alexa to Siri on Apple, voice-activated digital assistants hold great potential to support older adults, and particularly those with disabilities, in carrying out a variety of everyday tasks and leisure activities. Through interviews with older adults who are currently using these devices, referred to as ‘early adopters’, TechSAge researchers (Koon, McGlynn, Blocker & Rogers) explored what factors promote use and acceptance of these technologies. Learn about findings in the article, Perceptions of Digital Assistants From Early Adopters Aged 55+, featured in Ergonomics and Design.

Team Spotlight:

Laura Levy is a human-factors psychologist working on the Tools for Connected Home Technologies project and a Research Scientist II, Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in augmented and mixed reality, serious game design, and support aids for Internet of Things devices. Learn more about Laura.

TechSAge research is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90REGE0006-01-00 ).  NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
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