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Smartwatch and Intellectual Disability : Designing an app that improves the lives of people with an intellectual disability and their caretakers

Wolters, S.H.G. (2017) Smartwatch and Intellectual Disability : Designing an app that improves the lives of people with an intellectual disability and their caretakers.

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Abstract:During this thesis a smartwatch application was developed which aims to improve the lives of people with an intellectual disability and their caretakers. This has been done by performing a need assessment by performing a literature research and interviews with stakeholders. From the need assessment it was concluded that the application is supposed to fulfill the need for better communication with caretakers and the need to provide better personal care for people with an intellectual disability. A smartwatch application was suggested which allows people with an intellectual disability to send voice messages to the desired caretaker to which the caretaker can reply by sending pictograms, a phone call or a vibration message to the smartwatch user. A prototype of the application was then evaluated on the acceptance of its functionalities by testing the prototype with four couples containing a person with an intellectual disability and a caretaker. After the tests it could be concluded that caretakers accept both functionalities, while most people with an intellectual disability accepted at least one functionality. It was concluded that the designed application is expected to fulfill the needs and thus improve the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability and their caretakers.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73088
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