Multimedia technologies and aids for seniors

Tangible morning con Unione Italiana Ciechi di Ancona e Universal Access

Organised with

ASPHI Foundation


This event was streamed live. The video is public and you can watch it on our Facebook event.


Tuesday, March 17th 2020
from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Santarcangelo di Romagna (RN)
@ Tangible

In Live streaming


  • Assistive technology
  • Accessibiità
  • Healthcare UX Design
  • Healthcare technologies
  • Design for autonomy
  • Design for seniors
  • Voice assistants
  • Senior living

Some time ago, ASPHI launched a few experimental projects related to life and care of fragile and not self-sufficient seniors. They found that these particular users are strongly motivated to explore the potential that multimedia technologies and aids can enable to improve the quality of their life and support their autonomies. These topics are addressing their research activities, awareness, experimentation, training and support.

The results show for example that the introduction of touchscreen tools connected to assistive technologies (assisted keyboards, magnifying and amplifying systems, ergonomic PC access solutions) can offer new chances to digital low-literated or illiterated seniors. These opportunities are partially unexplorated and are based on cognitive stimulation, social participation and conquest of everyday life autonomy.

Today, ASPHI is investing efforts in researching and experimenting software and hardware solutions to nurture:

  • cognitive stimulation activities for people suffering with light or moderate dementia;
  • social communication and participation;
  • accessibility to information;
  • support to caregivers’ duties and safety for fragile seniors;
  • simplified and customised digital interactions (vocal assistants, nfc);
  • support for autonomy (orthosis and physical aids design and rapid prototyping through 3d printing);

During this Tangible Morning and supported by ASPHI, we’ll get in touch with practical examples related to the above mentioned topics, with a narrower focus on the most promising digital tools and technologies.


Nicola Gencarelli
Nicola Gencarelli Nicola works within the research team of ASPHI. In 2016, the Click4All bundle kit that he realised with Luca Enei, Giusi Zamarra, Cristina Manfredini and Alessandro Norfo wins the MakeToCare contest by Sanofi Genzyme. In 2012 he published “Ausili fai da te. Creare e adattare oggetti e strumenti tecnologici per la disabilità”, for Ericksson. Bolognese and passionate about theater, he is also an actor for the international artist collective Cantieri Meticci.


The following schedule might be subject to live adjustments.

09:30 - 11:30 am

  • Brainstorming on: Design For All, Ageing (Fragility, Illness, Disability)
  • An overview on Assistive Technology
  • Frailties in the elderly population: general aspects
  • Assistance and care services

11:30 - 11:45 am

  • Remote coffee-break

11:45 - 1 pm

  • ASPHI’s work for the elderly
  • Projects and tests in the field of technology and third age
  • Examples of technologies and tools
  • What's next?

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