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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…

Planned Future Activities

We will commence the first stages of implementing sensors in some pilot participants houses and showing them the sharing interfaces – asking them what information they would and wouldn’t share with their family, support network, and healthcare professionals. The community survey we advertised in the…

Dr. Daniel Gooch joins the team!

Dr. Daniel Gooch is a Lecturer in Computing at the Open University, UK. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath in 2014. His research interests are focussed around Human Computer Interaction (HCI), particularly in the design of communication systems. He was…

Participant User Interfaces

The Human-Computer Interaction team members have been focussing on developing a minimal viable interface that will allow an early pilot deployment for sharing and privacy control. The proposed solution is to have a tablet-based control mechanism for controlling the privacy of participants by allowing them…

STRETCH Infrastructure and Activity Recognition

After evaluating various off the shelf and specially developed sensors, this month we created a short list of technologies that will form the basis of our pilot studies. With the help of colleagues at Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment (SPHERE) project in…