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Centre for Applied Internet Research www.cair-uk.org. Say ‘ Aah ’ for the Computer A look into Healthcare technologies of the future. Dr Rich Picking Reader in Human-Computer Interaction Centre for Applied Internet Research (CAIR) Glynd ŵr University, Wales r.picking@glyndwr.ac.uk.

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Centre for Applied

Internet Research

www.cair-uk.org

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Say ‘Aah’ for the Computer

A look into Healthcare technologies of the future

Dr Rich Picking

Reader in Human-Computer Interaction

Centre for Applied Internet Research (CAIR)

Glyndŵr University, Wales

r.picking@glyndwr.ac.uk

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Overview

  • A bit about me
      • I teach Master’s level futurology
      • Chair BCS Health in Wales
      • Chair BCS HCI4WELL workshop
  • Background: the ‘demographic time bomb’
  • The future
    • How can we predict the future?
    • Future applications
  • Q and A
the demographic timebomb
The ‘demographic timebomb’
  • Populations distributions are

changing

  • We are living longer
  • We are having fewer children
  • This trend is set to continue
  • Who will care for all the people?
the implications for healthcare in the uk
The implications for healthcare in the UK

.1. Office for National Statistics, 2002.

2. Royal Commission Report into Long Term Care, 1999.

the world in 2030 ray hammond 2007
The World in 2030 (Ray Hammond, 2007)

“There will be a revolution in healthcare which will

dramatically extend human life spans.

A combination of gene-based therapies, stem cell

medicine and molecular-nanotechnology will introduce

a new model of medical science which will prevent

disease from occurring and will offer significant life

extension and even physical and mental rejuvenation

(at least for the wealthy people in the developed world).

A child born in 2030 will have a life expectancy of 130

years (at the point of his or her birth) and, long before

they reach old age they will be offered rejuvenation

treatments to maintain their biological age at thirty or

forty years old, no matter what their chronological age.”

research at glyndwr the easyline project
Research at Glyndwr: The Easyline+ Project
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8093196.stm
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Easy Line+ project - Low-cost advanced white goods for a longer independent life of elderly people.

  • Funded under the Ambient Assisted Living section of the IST component of the EU framework 6 programme (2.3m Euros)
  • Objective: To develop a range of advanced white goods, near to market, to support elderly people with or without disabilities maintain a longer independent life, in their own home.
  • Consortium Partners: University of Zaragoza, BSH (Bosch/Siemens), G2V Grupo de Empresas, Motivate Technology, Glyndŵr University.
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Example Easyline+ Interaction

The message is conveyed to the user:

The hob has been left on with no pan on it.

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More Scenarios

  • Fridge / Freezer:
  • Comments on what goes in and out.
  • Warns about expired products.
  • Warns if door is left open.
  • Hobs:
  • Warns if pan is left on a switched-on hob
  • Warns if detection of excessive heat in inappropriate areas
  • Oven:
  • Automatically chooses appropriate cooking settings, temperature and duration.
  • Informs the user when the food is ready.
  • Automatically switches off when food is ready.
  • Washing machine:
  • Warns if wrong mix of colours or wrong mix of fabrics.
  • Automatically chooses appropriate washing programme
  • Validates levels of detergent and softener.
  • Informs user when washing cycle has finished.
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User Interface

  • User interfaces situated in modified familiar home devices:
  • Television Sets – Central point of control.
    • Results from initial user surveys and narrative workshops helped form this decision.
  • Interactive Digital Photo Frames.
      • Can be positioned in any room of the home for immediate notification.
  • Mobile Devices.
      • Can be used for emergencies and in the garden, for example.
      • Although not popular with current generation of elderly people, this is changing quickly.
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SCUFF Design Principles

  • Simplicity
  • Consistency
  • Universality
  • Familiarity
  • Flexibility

These principles informed the design decision for device interaction to be based on the red, green, yellow and blue buttons on a remote control.

future applications
Future applications?
  • Robotics
    • Kitchen Robot Introduced in Japan
    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12347219
  • Brain computing
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-HD4uIKdc&feature=related
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fls1nE_yzE&feature=related
  • Ambient/ubiquitous technologies (e.g. Internet Of Things)
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyhhf7Ps5XA
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Centre for Applied

Internet Research

www.cair-uk.org