A Cell Phone-Based Electronic Personal Profiler for Care and Support InformationBy Iwabuchi, Mamoru; Nakamura, Kenryu; Alm, Norman; Sakai, Satoshi; Abe, Sachiko; Assistive Technology: From Virtuality to Reality, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 463-467
Publication Date: 2005
Paper discusses a prototype communication device called the Electronic Personal Profiler (e-PP), which was designed to allow caregivers to access information about clients via cellular phone. The system also allows personal computers and personal digital assistants to access the same information via the Internet, while the information can be presented with pictures, animations, and text. Qualitative data on the e-PP were collected from caregivers at three nursing homes and a residential institution for people with disabilities. Many of the staff members enjoyed the benefits of the multimedia information, yet some were reluctant to utilize the system because of their relative inexperience with cellular phones. Another qualitative study was conducted at a school for children with intellectual disabilities in which university trainees were asked to use the e-PP to provide reading support. The trainees did not have difficulty using the system, as it was found to increase their overall comfort levels. The studies were conducted by researchers at the Graduate School of Education at Hiroshima University in Japan.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )
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