Out & About

Independence for you, reassurance for loved ones

Out & About

Independence for you, reassurance for loved ones

Millions of elderly people in the UK are becoming cut off from society, resulting in loneliness and social isolation, and it is having a serious effect on health.

With a rapidly ageing population and a falling amount of caregivers, there needs to be a new system which helps elders who have vulnerabilities, such as disorientation and weaker physicality, become more independent. People over the age of 75 can experience social isolation for a number of reasons: becoming older and weaker and living with disabilities or illnesses can result in a loss of mobility; the death of spouses or friends; younger family members are often busy living their own lives, and loneliness can emerge as they no longer play a central role in the family; the emergence of technology and the internet has resulted in new ways of communicating among the younger generations, but people over the age of 65 have largely been excluded from this revolution and the benefits it brings.

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Out and About helps vulnerable elders to go out and do new things, meet new people and go to new places safely and independently.

Out and About is a product and service provided by Age UK that facilitates a two-way experience between an elder and carer - giving elders independence, and their loved ones reasurrance.

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Available as two discreet wearables: a watch, and a pocket watch, the Out and About Navigator is designed to be non-intrusive, avoiding negative stigma by disguising it as an everyday object. Whilst the Navigator tracks the individual’s location for typical trips, it also helps motivate the individual to visit new places and to do new things where new friendships may spark, assisted by The Silver Line charity.

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The Navigator opens up into a high-contrast voice assisted interface, where the individual can make plans to look forward to, or take spontaneous trips on the spot. Suggestions are made by asking the individual what they feel like doing, where they feel like going, and how far they feel like traveling. When the individual finds somewhere to go, or if needing guidance on existing journeys, the Navigator will guide them using a simple, non-map interface. Data from small satellites will be used to identify the safest and easiest route for the elder to take, such as avoiding areas with high elevation differences and those with heavy traffic, and finding routes with better infrastructure and more people for the support if needed.

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The individual’s carer or next of kin can download an app which connects to the Navigator via remote satellite communication. This lets the carer know if the person they care for is up and moving at home, or out and about doing things, and is the point of contact is the elderly individual requires non-emergency assistance. For emergency assistance, sensors in the Navigator detect accidents and relay signals via small satellites to the emergency services. 

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The use of CubeSat technology

The use of CubeSats will allow the elderly individual to be precisely tracked and will navigate them via safer and easier routes through data collected by the CubeSat, in even the most remote location. CubeSats also allow instant and automatic communication between multiple stakeholders through remote signals, providing an instant support network for the elderly individual if required.

 

The use of CubeSat technology

The use of CubeSats will allow the elderly individual to be precisely tracked and will navigate them via safer and easier routes through data collected by the CubeSat, in even the most remote location. CubeSats also allow instant and automatic communication between multiple stakeholders through remote signals, providing an instant support network for the elderly individual if required.

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The alternative now

The ‘alternative now’ for the designed experience is that vulnerable elders now have the confidence and independence to get out and about, to do new things, to meet new people and to go to new places. This alternative now is curated by my designed service and touchpoint, which makes it safer and more reassuring for both the elder and carer. Two different scenarios of use are illustrated below.

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© Jake Cohen 2021. All rights reserved.

© Jake Cohen 2019. All rights reserved.

© Jake Cohen 2019.
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© Jake Cohen 2019. All rights reserved.


© Jake Cohen 2021.
All rights reserved.