Georgia Tech HomeLab
I caught up with Georgia Tech’s Dr. Brad Fain at the 2016 Health Connect South event. We talked about the innovative approach they are taking to evaluate how effectively older persons, particularly those with disabilities, are able to utilize a variety of technology solutions. It is not uncommon to learn that in the real world use-case, the intended user of a technology is not able to understand and/or manipulate the device to be able to achieve its aim.
The HomeLab includes 600 homes across the Atlanta area which gives a cross section of populations. Its proof-of-concept evaluation data can help developers know their design works as intended or if not, allow them to conduct redesign to address issues uncovered through the test environment.