The COBALT Approach
COBALT has developed a Psychological Framework to analyse people’s decisions in using Assistive Living Technologies (ALTs).
This framework looks at how users respond to technology and the psychological issues involved in creating interfaces that empower users, rather than being reactive and restrictive. There are two main focuses discussed: identity and behaviour change. The identity analysis can be used to find out how technologies are viewed, specifically how people view users of the technology, and whether they would identify positively or negatively with using it themselves, for a variety of reasons. Behaviour change looks at how these views impact people’s choices. This includes how much social inertia there is, how lasting change will be and whether behavioural changes will be far-reaching or localised.