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Don’t go in there! using the APEX framework in the design of ambient assisted living systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Michael HarrisonORCiD



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An approach to design Ambient Assisted Living systems is presented, which is based on APEX, a framework for prototyping ubiquitous environments. The approach is illustrated through the design of a smart environment within a care home for older people. Prototypes allow participants in the design process to experience the proposed design and enable developers to explore design alternatives rapidly. APEX provides the means to explore alternative environment designs virtually. The prototypes developed with APEX offered a mediating representation, allowing users to be involved in the design process. A group of residents in a city-based care home were involved in the design. The paper describes the design process as well as lessons learned for the future design of AAL systems.

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Author(s): Campos JC, Abade T, Silva JL, Harrison MD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing

Year: 2017

Volume: 8

Issue: 4

Pages: 551-566

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 14/02/2017

Acceptance date: 26/12/2016

Date deposited: 22/03/2017

ISSN (print): 1868-5137

ISSN (electronic): 1868-5145

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s12652-016-0444-6


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