The Gerontechnology Lab is a research platform for the domain of gerontechnology – an interdisciplinary field of research focused on developing technology for older adults. The lab aims to translate research into new products and services as well as shape public policies to improve health and wellbeing of older people. We apply scientific approach to understand the challenges and opportunities of longevity and provide in-depth and comprehensive insights into the real needs of the older adults, design age-friendly products and services, and promote an active and independent lifestyle for older adults.
The Gerontechnology Lab was set up to deepen awareness and understanding as well as conduct research on the health and well-being, active aging and safe living of older adults using assistive technology. In addition, the Lab also serves as a centre for education and training, assessment and consultation concerning gerontechnology, home safety and independent living environment.
The design of the Gerontechnology Lab is based on the core of gerontechnology which focus on the impact of assistive technologies across five domains of human activity:
(1) Health and Self-esteem;
(2) Housing and Daily Living;
(3) Mobility and Transport;
(4) Communication and Governance and;
(5) Work and Leisure.
The Lab consists of four stations:
Health Station – A locus for accommodating simple health checks and medical research.
Cognitive Station – Consists of a range of gerontechnologies that involve cognitive processes.
Kitchen Station – A gerontologically-designed kitchen housing various assistive household apparatuses.
Living Hall Station – Features gerontological furniture and implements for the household.
The lab engages students and researchers across Monash and partners in universities, business and government, locally and internationally. We have a pool of multidisciplinary research capabilities in engineering, robotics, information technology, usability, social science, psychology, health and medical fields that are of relevance to older adults. We undertake research and consultancy projects which help product developers, service providers and policy makers to improve the quality of life of older people.
Age Simulation Suit
Living Hall Station
Smartphone Home System
Ergonomic Forearm Supportive Walking Stick
Stand-up Recliner Chair
Four-way Ceiling Rail
|Photograph of Equipment||Model Identification||Short Description of Capabilities||Quantity|
|Age Simulation Suit||A wearable suit that simulates the various common bodily ailments that come with old age. With its modular design, each element of the suit aims to simulate a specific ailment. Thus, when all the elements are combined, they posit an example of a heavily inhibited older individual. The suit can be worn by students, scientists, researchers, product developers, marketing personnel, caregivers and others to experience the physical conditions associated with aging.||1|
|Touchscreen TV||A display of various prototype devices either being currently developed or are seeking investment. The Gerontechnology Lab serves as a hub for inventors to showcase and promote their inventions, as well as for investors to discover them in turn.||1|
|Prototype Devices||A display of various prototype devices either being currently developed or are seeking investment. The Gerontechnology Lab serves as a hub for inventors to showcase and promote their inventions, as well as for investors to discover them in turn.||N/A|
|Kitchen Station||A full kitchenette mock-up designed to showcase various ergonomic design methods. Outfitted with various gerontological designs, such as water faucets with flexible nozzles, a titled under-counter to incorporate wheelchair access, and easily graspable handles fitted onto cabinets. Also displays gerontological implements like ergonomic utensils and tools, as well as specialized power sockets.||N/A|
|Living Hall Station||Simulates a living hall/room that has been carefully furnished to be older adult-friendly. Here you will find various examples of gerontechnological devices and machines.||N/A|
|Smartphone Home System||A gerontologically designed home system to control electronic devices, interfaced with an everyday smartphone and set-top boxes. Capable of interfacing with conventional smart devices, such as televisions or lighting fixtures.||1|
|Ergonomic Forearm Supportive Walking Stick||Specially designed to provide additional support to the forearm. Its handle is constructed as a curved tangle that extends to the back of a user’s forearm to support it.||1|
|Stand-up Recliner Chair||A sofa chair with motors that allow it to unfold and tilt to an upright position to assist users to their feet and when sitting back down again. It also doubles as a recliner chair that can recline to a laying-down position for comfort.||1|
|Four-way Ceiling Rail||The Lab can be effectively partitioned into four separate areas/stations with the use of four-way, ceiling-railed curtains. This allows for multiple simultaneous activities at once.||1|
|Workstation||A dual monitor desktop setup for use by researchers. In addition, several laptops are provided for use during field work.||1|
|Smartwatch||A computerized wristwatch with built-in heart rate sensor. It allows users to track their fitness and activity level with coaching advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle. An effective and mobile device that notify users to meet their daily activity/goals timely with the use of the voice command or manual configuration.||2|
|Digital Weight Scale and Height Rod||An electronic weight monitor with height rod that allows a quick BMI check.||1|
|Blood Pressure Monitor||Basic blood pressure monitor for blood pressure and heartbeat check at Health Station.||1|
|Health Tracking Band||Health tracking band that is able to track steps, distance walked, sleeping patterns, water consumed and nutritional intake. The health band also supports app notification, reminders and alarms. It is used for various cognitive research.|
|Health Monitor||All in one health monitor that is used to measure body weight, body temperature, blood glucose, blood oxygen saturation, lung functions (spirometry) and heart functions (ECG). It also comes with a calendar diary to provide daily reminder for user and a camera to do video call with the clinician. When it is connected to the internet, it will sync the user’s measurement data to an online secured central database which only the user’s clinician can access at any time for ongoing health monitoring.|
|Ophthalmoscope||For eye examination. It is use to detects and evaluate symptoms of various retinal diseases.|
|Soft Service Robot (Ubbo Open Source Telepresence Robot)||A human-size teleoperated mobile robot platform which is integrated with soft robotic gripper to assist users such as care givers and older people.||1|
|Turtlebot 3 Research Robot Platform||A modular autonomous mobile robotic platform. It can also be integrated with soft gripper or controlled by brain-machine interface.||1|
|Brain machine interface (EMOTIV EPOC+ 14 Channel Mobile EEG)||A brain machine interface for controlling robot by brain, already integrated with a casual robotic arm made of hard materials and will be integrated with soft robotic arm. The system will be used by older people for research experiment.||1|
City University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Nottingham
Yuan Ze University
Alzheimer's Disease Foundation Malaysia
Khind Starfish Foundation
Associate Professor Teh Pei Lee
Location: Building 6, Level 1