Supporting Aging in Place With Mobility Impairments Through Annotated Telepresence Technology

Maribeth Gandy, Ben Thompson, Kala Jordan

IMTC has been working on assisting those aging in place with mobility impairments in their understanding and use of various assistive smarthome technologies. In order to do so, we have generated a teleconferencing solution that assists in troubleshooting of said technologies through the use of multiple angles and live annotations of video. This system has been tested both with our target users, and with accessibility experts, and has led us to generate a series of guidelines for improving existing teleconferencing systems.

Maribeth Gandy

We are a team of interactive media experts that includes computer scientists, electrical engineers, and graphic artists. IMTC is a multimedia research center at the The Georgia Institute of Technology. IMTC has grown and adapted to meet the needs of business and industry in the USA and abroad by developing and using multimedia technology for enhancement of their core business. IMTC's mission is to assist companies in developing advanced multimedia systems while educating students in multimedia technologies and techniques.

The center also works closely with faculty in a number of other units at Georgia Tech and with numerous other organizations that share and support multimedia technology. For example, IMTC collaborates with The Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology, a joint research effort that includes Georgia Tech, Emory University, the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, and The University of Georgia.