Quality of Life Technology Handbook

Edited by Richard Schulz

© 2012 – CRC Press

334 pages | 103 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781466505346
pub: 2012-10-02
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About the Book

A collaboration between leading scientists, practitioners, and researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, this book is a comprehensive resource describing Quality of Life technologies and their development, evaluation, adoption, and commercialization. It takes an interdisciplinary team approach to the process of technology development for disabled and older persons and discusses the state of the art and future directions of technologies. This work provides direction on how to identify user needs and preferences, engage end-users in the design and development process, and evaluate and commercialize the technologies.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Conceptual Foundations

Who Can Benefit from Quality of Life Technology?

Richard Schulz and Scott R. Beach

Facilitators and Barriers to Technology Uptake: Individual End-User Perspectives

Richard Schulz

Facilitators and Barriers to Technology Uptake: Organizational and Societal Perspectives

Katherine D. Seelman

Design, Development, and Evaluation

Assessing Needs, Preferences, and Attitudes Using Survey Methods

Scott R. Beach

Design and Development Process

Judith T. Matthews, Karen L. Courtney, and Annette DeVito Dabbs

Universal Design for Quality of Life Technologies

Edward Steinfeld and Roger O. Smith

Fostering Teamwork and Community Partnerships

Judith T. Matthews and Karen L. Courtney

Evaluating Quality of Life Technologies

Annette DeVito Dabbs, Scott R. Beach, Karen L. Courtney, and Judith T. Matthews

Core Technologies and Their Application

Vision-Based Sensing Approaches to QoLT

Martial Hebert

HERB: Personal Assistive Mobile Manipulator in the Home

Siddhartha Srinivasa

Architecture and Applications of Virtual Coaches

Daniel P. Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic

Non-Wearable In-Home Sensing for Early Detection of Health Changes

Marjorie Skubic, Marilyn J. Rantz, Steve J. Miller, Rainer Dane Guevara, Richelle J. Koopman, Gregory L. Alexander, and Lorraine J. Phillips

Quality of Life Technologies in Supporting Family Caregivers

Sara J. Czaja, Chin Chin Lee, and Richard Schulz

Transforming Education and the Market Place

Developing Future Generations of QoLT Researchers through Education, Outreach, and Diversity Initiatives

Mary Goldberg, Maria Milleville, Dan Ding, Reid Simmons, Shelly Brown, and Diane Collins

Innovation, Commercialization, and Start-Ups

James F. Jordan

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED073000
MEDICAL / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
TEC017000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety
TEC021000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science