Technology Use

Everyday Technology Use by Deaf Older Adults

Contact Person: Elena Gonzalez

A technology survey is currently conducted exclusively for deaf/hard of hearing adults (ages 50+). This nationwide survey explores current technology use among deaf/hard of hearing seniors in terms of their attitudes toward and challenges with technology, as well as particularly frustrating devices.

Personal Reminder Information & Social Management System (PRISM 2.0)

Contact Person: Jordan Hartley

The goal of this study is to evaluate a computer-based system, called Personal Reminder Information & Social Management System (PRISM). PRISM is specifically designed for older adults to support their social connectedness, memory, skill building, and access to community resources. We are now preparing PRISM 2.0 to be tested in the field.

Telewellness Project

Contact Person: Rachel Stuck

This study explores the potential of televideo technologies for older adults with mobility impairments as a means to help alleviate some of the challenges they may face with social participation. The focus is on understanding older adults’ with mobility impairments perceived benefits and concerns with using current televideo technologies (Skype, Kubi, Beam) as the means to contact various people.

Understanding Immersion in Virtual Reality

Contact Person: Sean McGlynn

Virtual reality has the potential to aid people in a variety of different contexts. It can be used to allow a mobility impaired individual to realistically experience remote places and events such as such as family members’ houses. Future surgeons can be virtually trained to perform a certain procedure without the negative consequences of errors. An important component of ensuring these experiences are effective is how immersive the virtual environment is and as a result, how present the individual feels in that environment. The focus of this project is to understand the factors that contribute to feeling immersed in these types of virtual experiences.