Interactive surfaces

Kick-off community of practice for interactive surfaces

On the 11th of September 2014, a kick-off meeting was held to start a community of practice around the use of interactive surfaces. Representatives from four different care settings, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Holland Innovative / Fontys University of Applied Sciences were present. The aim of this community of practice is to circulate knowledge between the different care facilities, as they all have experience with working with the interactive surfaces.

Interactive surfaces at a ward for geriatric psychiatry

A lack of physical activity is a major problem for older clients with psychiatric disorders. Previous research has shown that nursing home residents could be stimulated to be more physically active by using interactive surfaces. However, it is unknown whether interactive surfaces have a similar effect on clients with psychiatric disorders. Therefore, a study will be conducted to collect responses and experiences of these clients with the interactive surfaces.

The research questions of this project are:

Interactive surfaces and people with intellectual disabilities

Physical inactivity is an issue in many different populations. Research has shown that nursing home residents might be seduced to move and be active on an interactive surface. However, it is still unknown whether interactive surfaces have the same effect on people with intellectual disabilities.

Therefore, a pilot study is being conducted in clients with an intellectual disability. The aims of this study are to investigate:

- Whether interactive surfaces can be used during individual physiotherapy sessions for clients with an intellectual disability.

The cardiovascular trainings intensity during moving on interactive surface

In earlier research it has been shown that nursing home residents might be seduced to move and be active on the interactive surface. However, it is still unknown how ‘intensive and fatiguing’ this activity is. The aim of this pilot study is to get an idea on effect of moving on the interactive surface on the cardiovascular system.

Interactive Surfaces for people with cognitive impairments

‘Interactive surfaces’ may be a promising technology to stimulate and engage people in different ways. Until now interactive surfaces have been used in trade shows and fairs as advertisement or to increase the amusement level of the audience within the dance scene (http://www.vertigo-systems.de/). Interactive surfaces have similarities with computer games as they also can create a colorful virtual reality in which elements of gamification may ‘seduce’ people to play, move, respond or interact with it.

Project among nursing home residents with dementia

In the majority of people with dementia who are referred to a nursing home a range of behavioral and psychological symptoms can be seen (Finkel et al., 1996; Svansdottir and Snaedal, 2006). The most common behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia  (BPSD) are agitation and restlessness (Banerjee et al., 2003). These BPSD are often associated with decreased wellbeing and quality of life of the resident. Interventions have in common that they try to engage people with dementia into activities and roles.