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A Living Labs Approach for Usability Testing of Ambient Assisted Living Technologies

  • Miguel Sales Dias
  • Elisângela VilarEmail author
  • Filipe Sousa
  • Ana Vasconcelos
  • Fernando Miguel Pinto
  • Nuno Saldanha
  • Sara Eloy
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9186)

Abstract

This paper presents usability tests results with real users during the prototype development phase of two applications for seniors care, AALFred and SmartCompanion. To this aim, usability testing was performed considering a Living Lab approach. Seniors were invited to use the applications in an environment that simulates the one they would use the tested technology during their everyday life. Observation methods, thinking aloud and questionnaires were used to collect data related to the systems’ effectiveness and users’ satisfaction, namely their expectations, frustrations and difficulties. Evaluations were performed during the initial phases of product development and results were used to improve the applications, considering the development cycle of User-Centered Design methodology.

Keywords

Usability tests User-centered design Ambient assisted living Living labs 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Portuguese Project AAL4ALL (http://www.aal4all.org/), co-funded by the European Community Fund FEDER through COMPETE – Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade (POFC).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Sales Dias
    • 1
    • 4
  • Elisângela Vilar
    • 2
    Email author
  • Filipe Sousa
    • 3
  • Ana Vasconcelos
    • 3
  • Fernando Miguel Pinto
    • 1
  • Nuno Saldanha
    • 1
  • Sara Eloy
    • 4
  1. 1.Microsoft Language Development CenterLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Centre for Architecture, Urban Planning and Design (CIAUD)Rua Sá Nogueira, Pólo UniversitárioLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Fraunhofer Portugal ResearchPortoPortugal
  4. 4.ISCTE Instituto Universitário de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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