Project: Virtual Coach reaches out to me

Acronym V2me (Reference Number: aal-2009-2-107)
Duration 01/05/2010 - 01/05/2013
Project Topic V2me proposes an adaptive and cost-effective solution for the advancement of social interactions of senior individuals. This unique V2me approach combines state-of-the-art social science knowledge with high-tech R&D expertise to develop, evaluate and market an innovative ICT solution that excels in terms of (a) end user acceptance, (b) the potential to increase social connectedness and (c) personal well-being, and (d) reduced care costs. The V2me Virtual Coach, designed as an intelligent combination of off-the-shelf technology (hardware and software), actively initiates and mediates social relationships with friends and partners as well as professional contacts through social networks. The V2me User Avatar addresses the feeling of loneliness by providing a personalized and adaptive means for representation the senior individual and for it’s participation in prolonged and enjoyable para-social relationships. Consequently V2me aims at integrating elderly people in pleasant social networks and meaningful activities, enhances physical and mental fitness, empowers reciprocal assistance and help, and thus reduces societal challenges through increased health costs and care expenditures. The easy-to-use V2me solution gives senior citizens not only pleasure, but also quick access to existing and new social contacts with maximized control and protection. The V2me solution will be developed with intensive primary and secondary end user involvement throughout the complete development and evaluation processes. Large-scale longitudinal field tests in all five V2me partner countries (Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and The Netherlands) based on local pilot installations will ensure the highest degrees of sustained end user acceptance in diverse cultural settings and also maximise the Europe-wide market exploitation possibilities.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Germany
Hospital IT AS Norway
Mawell Ltd Finland
Graz University of Technology Austria
User Interface Design GmbH Germany
Université du Luxembourg Luxembourg
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Finland
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Center for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam (CAMeRA) Netherlands