Taking Control of your Life with Technology

Cluster of Excellence CITEC and the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel are strategic partners for five years

The Cluster of Excellence CITEC and the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel are developing technology to help people live more independently – especially if they are elderly or are living with a disability or chronic illness. In 2011 the strategic partnership of the two organizations has started.

 One example of the assistive technologies on which CITEC and Bethel are working is a virtual assistant that helps to organise your day. Another example is a flat which can notify doctors or carers in an emergency.

The new systems are meant to support the user in leading an independent life, but also be able to ask for help. They are personal assistants and follow peoples’ orders, rather than dictating what to do. The key point is that they also get to know the habits and preferences of their user, learn and can react on an individual basis.

A central idea of the cooperation is that people are not ‘prescribed’ a technology. Instead, ideas developed by the research institute CITEC should measure up to the practical needs of users. Only ideas that are socially accepted are realised: What new technologies can and do users want to employ in their daily life? On the one hand, this concerns people who are supported by the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel and their relations. On the other hand, this is relevant to the staff at Bethel as technological innovations are meant to ease their work.

Further information is available online at:
Overview on the cooperation of CITEC and the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel: https://www.cit-ec.de/de/bethel