MemoryLane: An intelligent mobile companion for elderly users

S McCarthy, P McKevitt, MF McTear, HM Sayers

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Abstract

Mobile technologies have the potential to enhance the lives of elderly users, especially those who experience a decline in cognitive abilities. However, diminutive devices often perplex the aged and many HCI problems exist. This paper discusses the development of a mobile intelligent multimodal storytelling companion for elderly users. The application, entitled MemoryLane, composes excerpts selected from a lifetime’s memories and conveys these past memories in a storytelling format. MemoryLane aims to possess the capability to produce bespoke stories that are both appropriate and pleasing to the user; this paper documents the proposed methodology and system design to accomplish this. As MemoryLane is expected to be deployed on a Personal Digital assistant (PDA), the preliminary field work to date investigating the usability of PDAs by elderly users is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsG-M Muntean, M Hofmann, B Nolan
Place of PublicationBlanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Pages72-82
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
EventProc. of the 7th Information Technology & Telecommunication Conference: Digital Convergence in a Knowledge Society (IT&T 2007) - Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 Oct 2007 → …

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ConferenceProc. of the 7th Information Technology & Telecommunication Conference: Digital Convergence in a Knowledge Society (IT&T 2007)
Period1/10/07 → …

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McCarthy, S., McKevitt, P., McTear, MF., & Sayers, HM. (2007). MemoryLane: An intelligent mobile companion for elderly users. In G-M. Muntean, M. Hofmann, & B. Nolan (Eds.), Unknown Host Publication (pp. 72-82). Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland.