IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
Project acronym: IS-ACTIVE
Partners (7): University of Twente/CTIT (The Netherlands), NORUT Northern Research Institute (Norway), Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway (Norway), Roessingh Research & Development (The Netherlands), Inertia Technology (The Netherlands), University Hospital Elias (Romania) and PROSYS (Romania).
Project coordinator: Paul Havinga, University of Twente/CTIT, The Netherlands.
Project manager Norway: Tatjana M. Burkow, Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø
Primary objective: The objective of IS-ACTIVE has been to devise a person-centric healthcare solution for patients with chronic conditions - especially elderly people with COPD (Chronic Pulmonary Disease) - based on the recent advances in wireless inertial sensing systems. The project emphasized the role of the home as care environment, by providing real-time support to users in order to monitor self-manage and improve their physical condition according to their specific situation.
In Norway 200 000 people are estimated to have COPD, world-wide the estimates are 64 millions and WHO estimates that COPD will be the third leading course of death by 2030.
Results: Several prototype feedback devices interacting with the IS-ACTIVE hardware platform, the ProMove-3D, have been designed, developed and evaluated during the project. The ProMove-3D is a miniaturized inertial sensor node that captures and communicates wireless full 3-D motion and orientation information. One of the IS-ACTIVE feedback devices is the Social group feedback device, designed and developed by the Norwegian partners. Rehabilitation centre as well as patient organizations can use the IS-ACTIVE tablet feedback device as a tool for motivation to physical activity in daily life.
Other feedback prototype devices designed and implemented by the project include the IS-ACTIVE safety and individually tailored devices, and an exercise game. All are interacting with the ProMove-3D sensor. The safety and individually tailored devices are running on a smart-phone, and give continuous feedback and advice on activity.
IS-ACTIVE was one of four finalists to the AAL-Forum Award 2011, were the project got the second place.
Project period: April 2009 - June 2012 (project completed)
Further information/website: www.is-active.eu
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
Se artikkel fra forskning.no om IS-Active: Skal motiveres til kols-trening
Les også omtalen av IS-Active-prosjektet og Nasjonalt senter for samhandling og telemedisin (NST) og Norut i Tromsø på EU-siden: http://www.epractice.eu/en/news/5315662
This document was first published 09.07.2009, and updated 01.10.2012.