A Platform for Mutual Watch-Over among the Elderly Using PAN and Gamification

Jin NAKAZAWA  Wataru SASAKI  Mikio OBUCHI  Kazuki EGASHIRA  Yuki NISHIYAMA  Tadashi OKOSHI  Takuro YONEZAWA  Hideyuki TOKUDA  

Publication
D - Abstracts of IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems (Japanese Edition)   Vol.J101-D   No.2   pp.306-319
Publication Date: 2018/02/01
Online ISSN: 1881-0225
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Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Human Communication)
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Keyword: 
elderly care,  gamification,  personal area network,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a platform, called Kugenuma Happy Board, that strengthens communication among elderly in local community for mutual watch-over among them. The platform motivates users to join the mutual watch-over leveraging health-related data acquired from a personal area network (PAN), sharing selfy pictures of smiley face among community, and gamification techniques including missions, scoring, and rankings. We have conducted an in-the-wild experiment for 10 months in Fujisawa Kanagawa, Japan. The experiment showed that the platform accelerates information sharing thus mutual watch-over among users. Particularly, we have observed that elderly users perceived other users activity from shared information, such as step counts and selfy pictures, thus strengthened human relationship in the local community.