Although the potential of digital technology to assist older people and people with cognitive and physical impairments is huge, often technology is not designed in a way that fully takes into account the needs of these groups in terms of how accessible it will be. The VERITAS project’s aim is that future ICT products and services will be designed in such a way that they are accessible to everyone, including these groups. The project will develop, validate and assess tools to be used in the creation of assistive technology so that these groups are being considered during every step of the creation of ICT and non-ICT products, including specification, design, development, and testing. Generic instructions are to be embedded in a virtual reality platform in order to explore new concepts, design new interfaces and test interactive prototypes that will inherit universal accessibility features, including compatibility with established assistive technologies.

Newcastle’s role in the project is the development of n-backer, a system that automatically administers n-back, or Continuous Performance, tasks during the testing of ICT products. The intention is that this will simulate the experience groups such as the hearing- or motor-impaired would have while using the technology, and that the system will therefore be able to aid designers in testing the accessibility of their products.

See also: n-backer

Date: Jan 2010 – Dec 2013

Funding: European Commission Funded within the 7th framework Programme (FP7).  £206,400

Researchers: Patrick Olivier, Philip Blythe, Stephen Lindsay, Anja Thieme, Dan Jackson, Roisin McNaney

Collaborators: 32 Organization from 11 countries.

See the VERITAS project website


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