Imagine …

Imagine you are at home alone. At the age of 75 you are still independent and active, but you notice that everyday tasks take longer to do and there is so much information that it is sometimes difficult to find out what is important in the current news.

Also, you know you would need more exercise but it would be good to have someone to remind you of the importance of your morning gymnastics or call you to go out for a walk. Moreover, the digitalization of all services and interactions is often too complicated. Even though you enjoy online chats with your family and friends, still you feel the need for an easy way to interact with the smart home and to search for information that is interesting.

Every now and then you notice that you have forgotten something and that your hands are not as supple as they used to be in order to use mobile phones and dial numbers, and you wish that AI technology would finally focus on users like you and make interactions with smart home and various devices easier and friendlier, more natural and flexible, more knowledgeable of what you want to do and what you can do.

Then you heard about the socio-technical e-VITA coaching system and you want to try it yourself. It seems to be exactly what you need: an answer to your tedious situation – a virtual coach and smart living environment that supports your individual needs, suggests meaningful activities, and helps you to live a healthier life with much more moments of wellbeing while ageing, either in Europe or in Japan.

First thoughts …

“I have seen these kind of robots on TV, but it was my first time to touch and interact with them. I realized here that they can be communication robots, and that there are different types. On the second day, I got much more used to it and I feel relaxed when talking with them now.”

A participant from Sendai Living Lab

” Nao is so extremely cute, almost like a pet. So that I feel I want to use Nao in my daily life; and I think it will be useful for healthy aging. I think Nao can help people who are living alone with more social contact and being able to communicate. The living lab felt close to my own living room, it was somewhere I could relax.”

A participant from Sendai Living Lab