26.05.2020

Tablet to help fight loneliness

 

Lucerne – The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has developed a tablet with voice function within the framework of an EU research project. It is particularly easy to operate and should help older people to remain in contact with their friends and family. The tablet is now being tested in the city of Lucerne.

 

As part of an EU research project, the iHomeLab of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has developed Anne – a tablet with voice function programmed specifically for older people, as detailed in a press release. It is designed to help people suffering from the effects of loneliness to remain in contact with friends, family and care workers. Moreover, it can also remind users to take medication, for example.

 

According to information in the press release, the tablet is very simple and intuitive to use. “Anne offers specific functions exclusively to help lonely people in their day to day lives. In this way, even people without prior knowledge of computers can easily learn how to operate it”, comments Clemens Nieke, Project Leader of the iHomeLab at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

 

Together with the city of Lucerne and the Vicino network, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is now testing the tablet in a pilot project. For this, a total of 30 tablets have been made available for a period of 12 months free of charge.

 

According to the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, loneliness can cause severe health-related restrictions and depression. This has been made even clearer by the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdown. It is therefore important to try and counteract these effects in a timely manner.


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts



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