Evaluating the Energy Requirements of Assistive Technologies for Older Adults
Xavier Del Toro García, Henry Llumiguano Solano, Cristina Bolaños Peño, Jesús Fernández-Bermejo Ruiz, Javier Dorado Chaparro, María José Santofimia Romero, Félix Jesús Villanueva Molina, Rosa Ana Sánchez Fábrega, Andrés Díaz Molina, Antonio Javier Tirado Bejarano, Jerónimo Cañuelo Noci
The successful adoption of assistive technologies for older adults requires considering and evaluating many different factors and dimensions such as effectiveness, usability, cost and equity of access, to name some of the most relevant. In line with this, the energy requirements to power such assistive technologies remains a hidden factor that might to some extent influence the success in their adoption and the user experience in a wider sense. Very often energy availability is taken for granted and its associated costs and operational requirements are mostly neglected. In this paper, the energy-related requirements of assistive technologies are analysed from a general perspective. This analysis is subsequently particularised for a use case within the SHAPES project, in the context of active and healthy ageing. This use case includes a wide variety of assistive technologies, namely: wearable devices, home sensors and a smart mirror, which provides connectivity and a set of software services. The energy requirements of all these technologies are evaluated and analysed to investigate their impact and relevance on the overall cost and user experience, following the proposed protocol.
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