Social Interaction and Monitoring

Giraff+ is a complex system which can monitor activities in the home using a network of sensors, both in and around the home as well as on the body. The sensors can measure e.g. blood pressure or detect e.g. whether somebody falls down.

Different services, depending on the individual’s needs, can be pre-selected and tailored to the requirements of both the older adults and health care professionals.

At the heart of the system is a unique telepresence robot, Giraff, which lends its name to the project. The robot uses a Skype-like interface to allow e.g. relatives or caregivers to virtually visit an elderly person in the home.Special emphasis in the project is given to evaluations and input from the users so that the system can have an empathetic user interaction and address the actual needs and capabilities of the users.

The Giraff+ system will be installed and evaluated in at least 15 homes of elderly people distributed in Sweden, Italy and Spain. These evaluations will drive the development of the system.


Project aims:

– Develop a networked system in the home consisting of environmental and physiological sensors.
– Develop intelligent services which can extract high level activities based on sensor data and provide robustness in the system.
– Provide services such as alarms which via the Giraff will allow healthcare professionals and family to enable timely involvement.
– By 2014 test the system in real homes around Europe and include user feedback in all steps of the system design.