Granview: An Age-Inclusive Video Phone System
Loneliness potentially affects 29% of U.S. adults over 65, and is associated with reduced well-being, health, and life expectancy. Technology can help reduce loneliness by allowing friends and family to communicate even when separated by great distances. Video phone systems can be particularly beneficial for combating loneliness because they allow people to see one another’s facial features and expressions. However, the most popular such systems are not inclusive to seniors. Granview is an innovative video phone technology that is usable to adults of all ages. It is a novel software and hardware system that makes calling friends and family quick and easy. Granview users can contact smartphone users without those users having to install an app. It significantly improves upon current video phone systems. For people over 50, Granview is four times more learnable than Skype, one of the most popular and longest-lived video phone technologies. For people under 40, Granview is three times more learnable. Across ages, users find Granview more satisfactory on all counts, less demanding mentally and physically, and less frustrating than Skype.
Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi
Committee: Margaret Burnett
Committee: Karen Hooker
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Kelley Engineering Center, 1007
110 SW Park Terrace, Corvallis, OR 97331