The EU-funded project POSEIDON wants to advance the integration of people with Down’s syndrome into society. Furthermore, it aims at their increased independence and helps in dealing with the challenges of everyday life. With this project, we are using state-of-the-art technological developments adjusted in content and user-friendliness to this target group. Daily life and the special demands people with Down’s syndrome face is our focus; POSEIDON will figure out the most sensible and useful technical assistance for every situation.
We will set up the technical infrastructure: provide support, among other things, with communication, maintenance of social contacts, planning and orientation. Practically, this would include bus and train schedules available at hand, help with access to social media pages, an easy-to-use address book of emergency contacts and an electronic calendar (agenda and to-do list).
All assistive features are adjusted to the user’s needs such as to be in accordance with the individual’s needs and abilities concerning use of technology, varying of course from person to person.
POSEIDON will be designed for mobile devices and is an innovative interaction technology for home use. Modern sensors make an intuitive and secure interaction possible; they are integrated unobtrusively in user’s living spaces.
Caregivers (e.g. relatives, social workers, teachers, employers) and experts on the matter are also part of the developmental process.
Poseidon aims at supporting people with Down's syndrome in the following areas: