Ambient assisted living (AAL) is a complex field, where different technologies are integrated to offer solutions for the benefit of different stakeholders. Several evaluation techniques are commonly applied that tackle specific aspects of AAL; however, holistic evaluation approaches are lacking when addressing the needs of both developers and end-users. Living labs have been often used as real-life test and experimentation environments for co-designing AAL technologies and validating them with relevant stakeholders. During the last five years, we have been evaluating AAL systems and services in the framework of various research projects. This paper presents the lessons learned in this experience and proposes a set of harmonized guidelines to conduct evaluations in living labs.

Original publication

DOI

10.3390/s140407277

Type

Journal article

Journal

Sensors (Basel)

Publication Date

23/04/2014

Volume

14

Pages

7277 - 7311

Keywords

Assisted Living Facilities, Humans, Program Development, Software, User-Computer Interface