School of Computing


SALT - Designing Scalable Assistive Technologies and Services

This project brings together a strong consortium of academics, businesses, health and social care professionals, third sector organisations and user representatives to address challenges and opportunities in both economic and business models to develop assistive technologies to promote independence for older people.

SALT's main objectives are to identify and develop new business models for scalable assistive technologies and services to promote sustainable market development for independent healthy living in the mixed digital economy; and to understand the factors that promote or inhibit the uptake, use and integration of assistive technologies for older people living in the community from a user-centred perspective.

SALT will collaborate closely with SiDE, businesses, users, health and social care services to help identify a clear route to market. It will make a significant contribution to capacity building in the North East, by developing innovative solutions within existing health and social care structures through co-construction; exploring new business models for sustainable new market development through case studies and experiments; and informing and validating new solutions from a user-centred perspective.

Collaborators: RTC North, Critical Data Ltd, DocoboLtd, ADL SmartcareLtd, Years Ahead, CybermoorServices Ltd, Age Concern Newcastle, Manus Neurodynamica Ltd, Limbs Alive Ltd, IntraHealthLtd.