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CompanionAble - Project Overview

There are widely acknowledged imperatives for helping the elderly live at home (semi)-independently for as long as possible. Without cognitive stimulation support the elderly dementia and depression sufferers can deteriorate rapidly and the carers will face a more demanding task. Both groups are increasingly at the risk of social exclusion.

CompanionAble will provide the synergy of Robotics and Ambient Intelligence technologies and their semantic integration to provide for a care-giver's assistive environment. This will support the cognitive stimulation and therapy management of the care-recipient. This is mediated by a robotic companion (mobile facilitation) working collaboratively with a smart home environment (stationary facilitation).

The distinguishing advantages of the CompanionAble Framework Architecture arise from the objective of graceful, scalable and cost-effective integration. Thus CompanionAble addresses the issues of social inclusion and homecare of persons suffering from chronic cognitive disabilities prevalent among the increasing European older population. A participative and inclusive co-design and scenario validation approach will drive the RTD efforts in CompanionAble; involving care recipients and their close carers as well as the wider stakeholders. This is to ensure end-to-end systemic viability, flexibility, modularity and affordability as well as a focus on overall care support governance and integration with quality of experience issues such as dignity-privacy-security preserving responsibilities fully considered.

CompanionAble will be evaluated at a number of testbeds representing a diverse European user-base as the proving ground for its socio-technical-ethical validation. The collaboration of leading gerontologists, specialist elderly care institutions, industrial and academic RTD partners, including a strong cognitive robotics and smart-house capability makes for an excellent confluence of expertise for this innovative project.

 

 

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Beautiful Users: Designing for People by Ellen Lupton

Beautiful Users: Designing for People by Ellen Lupton | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it

In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss, widely considered the father of industrial design, pioneered a user-centered approach to design that focuses on studying people's behaviors and attitudes as a key first step in developing successful products. In the intervening years, user-centered design has expanded to undertake the needs of differently abled users and global populations as well as the design of complex systems and services.Beautiful Users explores the changing relationship between designers and users and considers a range of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source, and the maker culture.

 

Accompanies the fall 2014 exhibition that reopens the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, following a three-year renovationDesigns featured range from classics such as Henry Dreyfuss's telephone to cutting-edge inventions such as Yves Behar's pill dispenser, the Nest thermostat, Robohand (3D-printed prosthetics), off-road wheelchairs, and Thimas Carpentier's Measure(s) of a Man projectIncludes a critical glossary of terms, from consumer and prosumer to human factors and experience design

 


Beautiful Users is edited and designed by Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the bestselling author of numerous PAPress books, including Thinking with Type, Type on Screen, and Graphic Design Thinking.

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Ni amuntegar carn ni esclavitzar santes; vida independent, ARA

Ni amuntegar carn ni esclavitzar santes; vida independent, ARA | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
A finals de juliol, el President de la Generalitat va inaugurar una mena de búnquer perdut a la muntanya per anar amuntegant carn.
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Innovació al servei de l'autonomia dels cecs al metro i al bus | TMB

Innovació al servei de l'autonomia dels cecs al metro i al bus | TMB | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it

La Fundació Vodafone Espanya, la Fundació ONCE i la Fundació TMBdesenvoluparan els pròxims mesos un projecte tecnològic de recerca i desenvolupament (R+D) que facilitarà l'ús del transport públic per part de persones cegues o amb baixa visió. Aquesta iniciativa compta també amb el suport de la Fundació Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

Segons l'acord, presentat divendres a l'estació de metro de Diagonal de Barcelona, les tres fundacions promouran dues solucions tecnològiques diferents per facilitar l'orientació de persones discapacitades en estacions de metro i parades d'autobús, mitjançant aplicacions en dispositius mòbils i balises de radiofreqüència ("beacons"). Per a això es desenvoluparan prototips i a finals d'any es duran a terme proves en entorns reals: la mateixa estació de metro de Diagonal i una parada d'autobusos de la Zona Franca.

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Naked streets, floating bus stops – and how cycling infrastructure can endanger the blind

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DIN 18040 - die Norm

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DIN 18040-1 Barrierefreies Bauen - Planungsgrundlagen - Teil 1:
Öffentlich zugängliche Gebäude
[Ausgabe: 2010-10]DIN 18040-2 Barrierefreies Bauen - Planungsgrundlagen - Teil 2:
Wohnungen
[Ausgabe: 2011-09]DIN 18040-3:2014-12 Barrierefreies Bauen - Planungsgrundlagen - Teil 3:
Öffentlicher Verkehrs- und Freiraum

DIN 18040 Planungsgrundlagen Barrierefreies Bauen Überblick

DIN 18040/1-3 Inhalte

Barrierefreies Bauen Ziele

Rechtsverbindlichkeit von Normen

Begriffe

Bedienelement, Bewegungsfläche, Bodenindikator, Leitstreifen, Aufmerksamkeitsfeld, Greifbereich, Hörbehinderung, Sehbehinderung, Zwei-Sinne-Prinzip, motorische, sensorische, kognitive Einschränkungen, Orientierungshilfe, Leuchtdichte L, Leuchtdichtekontrast K

 

 

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Making a Makerspace? Guidelines for Accessibility and Universal Design | DO-IT

Many engineering departments, libraries, and universities are launching new initiatives to create makerspaces, physical spaces where students, faculty, and the broader community can gather and share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. In creating these innovative spaces we should apply principles of universal design to ensure the spaces, tools, and community are accessible to as many individuals as possible. 
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Cuidados. Explorando nuestras formas cotidianas de sostener la vida en común - Medialab-Prado Madrid

Cuidados. Explorando nuestras formas cotidianas de sostener la vida en común - Medialab-Prado Madrid | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it

En las últimas décadas, desde los movimientos feministas y ecologistas se están reivindicando formas de ciudadanía que sitúen los cuidados en el centro de nuestras relaciones, que visibilicen los cuidados como aquello que permite el sostenimiento de la vida, tanto a un nivel material como simbólico: el cuidado como un imaginario que abriría otro tipo de relaciones, más responsables y sostenibles.

¿Qué sucede cuando situamos los cuidados en el centro? ¿Cómo cambia nuestra mirada sobre la realidad? ¿Y qué otras intervenciones son posibles sobre esa realidad? Porque situar los cuidados en el centro modifica no sólo nuestra forma de aproximarnos al mundo, sino también nuestra forma de estar en el mundo, de tratarnos y de reconocernos.

Mediante la articulación de múltiples voces y miradas (profesionales sanitarios, distintos tipos de cuidadores y personas que reciben cuidados), este proyecto propone preguntas de investigación orientadas hacia la intervención. Para crear colectivamente un conocimiento significativo sobre los límites y las potencialidades de nuestras formas de cuidar; para visibilizar los procesos que sostienen la vida; para imaginar comunidades que gestionen la fragilidad y la vulnerabilidad de forma común. 

Coordinación: Lorena Ruiz
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NACE "COTA CERO" CON EL OBJETIVO DE LUCHAR CONTRA LAS BARRERAS | Blogs vidasolidaria.com

NACE "COTA CERO" CON EL OBJETIVO DE LUCHAR CONTRA LAS BARRERAS | Blogs vidasolidaria.com | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
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4 maneras que la tecnología puede mejorar la arquitectura para (y por) los ciegos

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Siete años después de perder su visión, el arquitecto de San Francisco Chris Downey está ayudando a revolucionar el e...
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Frenazo a las ayudas para sillas de ruedas

Frenazo a las ayudas para sillas de ruedas | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
Luis Miguel lleva utilizando silla de ruedas desde los 27 años (hoy tiene 44), cuando un accidente de tráfico le produjo una lesión medular. Como él mismo cuenta, tiene una vida ac
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Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime | Nicholas Shapiro — Cultural Anthropology

Chronic domestic chemical exposures unfold over protracted timelines and with low velocity. In this article I argue that such microscopic encounters between bodies and toxicants are most readily sensed by less nameable and more diffuse sensory practices. The apprehension of conventionally insensible toxic exposures is informed by sustained attention to barely perceptible alterations of somatic function and atmosphere. Slight biochemical impressions, which at first appear simply meaningless or puzzling, accumulate in the bodies of the exposed and reorient them to the molecular constituents of the air and the domestic infrastructure from which such chemicals emanate. Through the articulation of these small corrosive happenings, residents of contaminated homes can accumulate minute changes to body and atmosphere across time and space in a process I call the “chemical sublime,” which elevates minor enfeebling encounters into events that stir ethical consideration and potential intervention. The chemical sublime is a late industrial experience that inverts an Enlightenment-era, yet still dominant, conception of the sublime. Across authoritative and questioned bodies, companion species and humans, this essay asks: in what ways do diffuse sensory practices generate knowledge of, attention to, and engagements with the chemical world?

 
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We should think more about the link between urban design and mental health

We should think more about the link between urban design and mental health | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
With an increasing majority of the global population living in cities, the question of urban public health is expanding far beyond its traditional practitioners. Urban planners, designers and developers are increasingly being asked how their plans and projects actively improve people’s health and wellbeing. But when answering that question, many currently overlook the very category of urban health that they might most effectively impact: mental health.
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Naked streets, floating bus stops – and how cycling infrastructure can endanger the blind

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Barrierefreiheit in Bayern: "Schlusslicht statt Vorbild

Barrierefreiheit in Bayern: "Schlusslicht statt Vorbild | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
In Sachen Inklusion und Barrierefreiheit gehört Bayern zu den Schlusslichtern im Ländervergleich. Die Behindertenpolitik wird stark kritisiert.
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El Cermi pide a los partidos un fondo para promover la accesibilidad universal | Servimedia

El Cermi pide a los partidos un fondo para promover la accesibilidad universal | Servimedia | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
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DIN 18040-3 - öffentlicher Verkehrsraum

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DIN 18040-3:2014-12 Barrierefreies Bauen - Planungsgrundlagen - Teil 3: Öffentlicher Verkehrs- und Freiraum

Erscheinungsdatum Norm: 2014-12

Ende November und Anfang Dezember 2013 fanden die Anhörungen der Einsprecher statt. Der zuständige Arbeitskreis des Normausschusses Bauwesen hat über die Einsprüche im Januar 2014 beraten und Änderungen am Normtext vorgenommen. Die Norm ist seit Dezember 2014 veröffentlicht.

 

 

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Barrierefreie Mobilität - Handbuch - LEITdetails für die Planung und Bauausführung

Barrierefreie Mobilität - Handbuch - LEITdetails für die Planung und Bauausführung | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
Handbuch: Barrierefrei im Verkehrsraum - Leitdeteils für Planung und Bauausführung als Broschüre bestellen.
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Markus Gemeinschaft | Modellbaukasten Blindenleitsystem

Markus Gemeinschaft | Modellbaukasten Blindenleitsystem | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
Modellbaukasten: Taktiles und visuelles Blindenleitsystem
im öffentlichen Verkehrsraum
· Ein Lernmedium für Blinde und Sehbehinderte
· Ein Planungsmedium für Architekten und Städteplaner

Blinden und sehbehinderten Menschen wird damit das einfache und authentische erlernen von taktilen und visuellen Standards zur Orientierung im öffentlichen Raum ermöglicht.

Architekten und Städteplaner können nun zusammen mit Blinden und sehbehinderten Fachkräften barrierefrei Lösungen für Leitsysteme auf Gehwegen und an Querungsstellen maßstabsgetreu entwickeln.

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Sobre la Asistencia Personal y algunos conceptos cojos | Derechos humanos ¡YA!

Sobre la Asistencia Personal y algunos conceptos cojos | Derechos humanos ¡YA! | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
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Nine More Years Postponement of Accessibility in France… » ENIL – European Network on Independent Living

Nine More Years Postponement of Accessibility in France… » ENIL – European Network on Independent Living | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it

On the 6th July campaigners, two French disability organisations – the French Association for Paralyzed Individuals and “Collective for an Accessible France” – were restricted by police to reach the National Assembly during an important voting about accessibility was being conducted. It is a very surprising decision as according to public polls 92 % of the population is favourable for the increasing of political measures taken with regards to disability issues.

 

The first disability law in France was signed in 1975, expressing an obligation to the society for accessibility. The second, one in 2005, gave in particular, a period of 10 more years for public and private organizations to improve their premises before facing penalties. Exceptions were permitted in case of technical, financial or renovation difficulties. But in 2015 it becomes obvious that the deadline will not be sufficient to complete the goals.

 

Using mainly the economic crisis as an argument, many building professionals, public and private organizations excuse themselves and are not willing to spend the needed resources in order to provide accessible environment. They didn’t follow their obligation during the officially established period, even though public aids were available. As the deadline approached, active citizens started putting pressure on politicians and managed to be heard! 70 non-governmental organisations, including disability NGOs, users of public transport and ordinary people took part in a protest.

 

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An Architect Lost His Sight and Kept Working Thanks to Breakthrough Technologies for the Blind

An Architect Lost His Sight and Kept Working Thanks to Breakthrough Technologies for the Blind | Technocare | Tecnocuidado | Scoop.it
As one of the few blind practicing architects in the world, Chris Downey occupies a unique place in design.
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Nace una plataforma para defender la accesibilidad de personas discapacitadas

Barcelona, 28 jul (EFE).- Denunciar los incumplimientos de la ley de accesibilidad es el objetivo de la nueva la Plataforma en Defensa de la Accesibilidad
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