Living Usability Lab – Live Laboratory for the use of Innovative Technologies for Next Generation Networks - is a collaborative project of R&D among public educational institutions and the Portuguese industry, which had as its main objective the development of services and technology solutions to improve quality of life and well-being of citizens. Among the populations that could most benefit from these solutions, we highlight seniors and people with permanent or temporary special needs, since this project aims to turn users into healthier, more active and productive people.
During the project, factors such as the specifics of usability and relevance of each technology solution developed were considered essential. As such, it was attempted to apply principles of universal design and natural user interfaces (speech, gestures), using the advantages brought by the New Generation Networks and distributed computing.
Microsoft, Micro I/O and PLUX – were joined as promoters of this project that also featured four academic promoters - University of Aveiro, IEETA, Porto Faculty of Engineering and INESC Porto.
Under this project, University of Aveiro inaugurated a laboratory for Research and Development called " Live Laboratory for the use of Innovative Technologies for Next Generation Networks ", which was intended to develop and test new services, using intelligent user interfaces. Thus, its main objective was to evaluate the solutions arising within the project, for which it was intended to integrate real users in these tests.