Socialization is a key element of living as well as aging happily and healthily. However, nearly half of the population aged 65 and older is living in either low-density or rural locations. This often provides a challenge for frequent social interactions with family and friends, living far away. Video communication is an established way to enhance social connectedness, but traditional approaches entail some technological barriers.
Meet Clara, the “Telepresence Lantern”. HRI-EU sees an opportunity to improve socialization of older adults through technology. Clara was developed by HRI-EU in collaboration with Sproutel, Inc.. Providing a new approach to video-mediated communication, Clara is designed to facilitate natural and ambient interactions with simplified call setup.
Through interactive sessions with older adult users, design and function prototypes were created to suit their needs and preferences. The main design features are its curved, wide field-of-view screen and the manageability, making it easily movable from room-to-room.
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