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: VictoryaHome
Partners (9): Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway (NST), Norway, Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon (FFO), Norway, SOS International, Norway, Tromsø Telemedicine Consult AS, Norway, Stichting Smart Homes, The Netherlands, GroenekruisDomicura, The Netherlands, Bluecaring, Portugal, Giraff Technologies AB, Sweden, R&D Council Sørmland County, Sweden.
Project coordinator (joint project): Ilse Bierhoff, Stichting, Smart Homes, The Netherlands .
Project manager Norway: J. Artur Serrano, NST .
Primary objective: The key advantage of the Victorya - a robot for integrated care@home and peace of mind of carers, is that it does not depend wholly on automated functions, but augments them with immediate human presence when needed or desired by older adult user. The project is not only about responding to specific problems, but mainly promotes self-care and allows the carers to know that everything is fine.
Project summary: What if at Irene's home there was a robot that "knows" what is happening with her in the house and share this knowledge with her carers? It does not tell all it knows, but will let them know when there might be a problem. The robot knows its user, if she took medication and when, whether she is taking enough water and what her activity level is. It also knows if she has fallen down and can automatically call someone to help. At this stage the carer can come in the house "virtually" using the tele-presence function. The robot will put in the older adult's hands the responsibility of drinking water more frequently, taking the medicines on time and being more active. She knows this will let her carers stay informed regarding key status indicators and activities, showing she is OK so that the carers will feel greater confidence as a result. Four trials will take place in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Portugal where older adults at home and remote informal carers will interact with the developed product.
Project period: 2013 - 2016
Further information/website: (under construction)
National grant programme in Norway: Health and Care Services
This document was first published 09.12.2012, and updated 22.12.2012.