R2. Voice-Activated Digital Home Assistants

Principal Investigator: 
Lyndsie Koon, Ph.D. & R. S. Sreenivas, Ph.D.
Wendy Rogers, Ph.D.
OSF Healthcare; Post-Polio Health International; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Clark-Lindsey Village; Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES)

Individuals with long-term mobility disabilities are likely to experience challenges with activities at home, such as controlling their home environment, engaging in physical activity, interacting with others, and managing their health. Voice-activated digital assistants, such as the Amazon Alexa devices, have great potential to support this population in carrying out these activities as independently as possible at home via speaking commands. However, many people find them challenging to use. 

In this project, we will conduct in-home evaluations of new digital voice assistant applications being devloped to support people aging with mobility disabilities as part of the D4. Developing Voice-Activated Digital Home Assistants project. Through this research, we will explore to what extent the applications and the instructional user guide are practical, useful, and effective in improving the lives of users.


Select Publications: 

Koon, L. M., McGlynn, S. A., Blocker, K. A., & Rogers, W. A. (2019). Perceptions of Digital Assistants From Early Adopters Aged 55+. Ergonomics in Design, 1064804619842501.