Prof Arlene Astell led our event at Swindon. Starting with an interactive session on discussed what makes people like or hate technology.
Arlene chaired a Q&A session with a local commissioner and telecare/health supplier.
In pairs delegates investigated assisted living technology.
and gave feedback on where it could be used.
Several people said the procedures council’s used made it hard for people to get the right technology at the right time.
However, sometimes a loud, vibrating alarm just makes everyone laugh.
Nigel Harris and Tim Adlam from Bath Institute of Medical Engineering talked about ways of improving design
Swindon was the last of the events (see below for Cambridge, Edinburgh and Sheffield). We will be publishing our findings later in the year.
Trinity Hall, Cambridge was the setting for our assisted living technology event for the East of England.
Prof Arlene Astell and the COBALT team offered insights about the adoption of technology to over 40 industry, academics, housing, health and social care professionals and older people.
The day started with a visit to the exhibition of the best of inclusive Design from Norway and UK. We were privileged that Oystein Johnsen and Maja Arnestad came over from Norway for the event.
Delegates – such as Martin Sabry from Aideas the inclusive design consultancy (seated) were welcomed to the college by John Clarkson. John is not only Vice-Master of the college but also Director of the Engineering Design Centre which has an international reputation for inclusive design.
With such a range of delegates the feedback was lively and well-informed.
Compared to previous events where many devices were criticised this event had more devices receiving recognition for trying to apply inclusive design principles.