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Creating a Google Home System Agent to reduce loneliness among older adults

Nijhuis, Mirel (2019) Creating a Google Home System Agent to reduce loneliness among older adults.

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Abstract:This Graduation Project describes the process of creating an Agent for the Google Home to reduce loneliness among older adults. Social loneliness is a major problem within the elderly community nowadays, their social circle decreases while our society becomes more individualistic. By conducting a literature research, the main reasons for social loneliness were analysed as well as different possibilities and technologies to prevent them. The Google Home can be entirely steered by voice control, a new and innovative phenomenon that is easy in usage. Voice control has the possibility to take away the threshold of using ‘new’ technology from the elderly. The different possibilities for using the Google Home system were investigated using an online survey and semi-structured interviews. Based upon these findings, a prototype was designed for the Google Home. The Social Activity Agent stimulates elderly to be more socially active in Enschede by suggesting a variety of activities that can be done within their neighbourhood, reducing their social loneliness.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Ecare Innovatie, Hengelo, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 54 computer science, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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