8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

AAL-Technology Acceptance through Experience

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.254934,
        author={Alina Huldtgren and Gabriela Ascencio San Pedro and Anna Pohlmeyer and Natalia Romero Herrera},
        title={AAL-Technology Acceptance through Experience},
        proceedings={8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={ambient assisted living technology acceptance},
  • Alina Huldtgren
    Gabriela Ascencio San Pedro
    Anna Pohlmeyer
    Natalia Romero Herrera
    Year: 2014
    AAL-Technology Acceptance through Experience
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.254934
Alina Huldtgren1,*, Gabriela Ascencio San Pedro2, Anna Pohlmeyer2, Natalia Romero Herrera2
  • 1: Media Department, Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences
  • 2: Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
*Contact email: alina.huldtgren@fh-duesseldorf.de


Despite substantial research and development of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies, their acceptance remains low. This is partially caused by a lack of accounting for users'needs and values, and the social contexts these systems are to be embedded in. Participatory design has some potential to overcome these issues, but still a high threshold in commitment, (financial) investment and effort remains for potential users, who are often not familiar with the technology, its benefits and its user experience. Our goal is to reduce the threshold by allowing people to take a 'sneak peak' in a neutral setting to experience possible benefits of an AAL system and its interaction without the need to commit. In the paper we propose introducing AAL technology through mediator installations. We present three core design qualities for such mediators exemplified in a design case.