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Welcome to SERVICE

This project aims to design and implement a digital platform for research on and support of emotional wellbeing of older people (>50) impacted by COVID-19 social distancing[1]. Impact: We will apply our team’s ongoing research on integrating technologies within social systems to: -Contribute to understandings…

Professor Clifford Stevenson joins the team

We would like to welcome Clifford to the Stretch team. Clifford’s research uses the Applied Social Identity Approach to investigate how social relationships can benefit health and how sharing a collective identity can enable members of disadvantaged communities to deal with adversity. He also examines…

Some reflections on STRETCH and Covid-19

In the last few months of the Circles of support part of STRETCH project I had thought I would be reviewing participants’ experience of being part of the project and winding things up. Then COVID 19 happened. Being the face to face part of the…

Dr. Paul Lunn joins the team!

Prior to starting at the OU Paul was a Senior Lecturer for over 16 years working at Coventry University, BCU, and Huddersfield University. His teaching was focused around computer programming, embedded systems, DSP and audio electronics. He has a PhD in Music Technology from the…

Planned activities

Deploy Mood buttons, front door sensors and fridge sensors, in the homes of participants in Milton Keynes and Exeter. Continue with the circles of support study in Exeter. Akshika Wijesundara at the OU, plans to build and test a multimodal adaptive guidance system for smart kitchens. The system can adaptively provide ambient…

OU Meeting at Bonymaen House

We met Mark and Claire Warren at the Bonymaen care home in Swansea. It provides short term support (which is maximum six weeks) for older people who have spent a long time in hospital and need help transitioning back to living in their own home. The care home…

Tangible buttons for self reporting mood at the OU

We designed and built button based tangible user interfaces (TUIs) for mood self logging. Currently our mood TUI has 3 off the shelf bluetooth buttons that correspond to happy, neutral and sad mood states. When a user presses any of the buttons, it communicates to the raspberry pie…

STRETCH Aims

The project will develop a patient-centred digital healthcare support infrastructure that is able to integrate and coordinate data and capabilities from both automated sensing and the human ‘circles of support’ ranging from medical professionals, care workers, community support and relatives.   During the course of the…