The social assessment of Stimulus has been carried out in two different settings, with a volunteer from the Creu Roja, Xavier and his mother, an elderly person in a first phase of deterioration associated with age, and at the Reina Sofía Day Center, with four seniors from 67 years.
Photograph of two people with Stimulus
Test group of the Reina Sofia Day Center
Photograph of the Red Creu volunteer
Impact and Utility
All validators have verified that the Stimulus application correctly covers its operation. As there is a wide range of activities and variety in their difficulty, it has been perceived of great importance that when doing them, it is well adapted to the profile of each person, so that it is not “too easy” and causes little interest, or “ too difficult ”and cause frustration. It is true that the app is adapting to the difficulty, but a first phase of making contact, understanding, understanding the tool under the advice of family members or professionals, is very positive.
La fullfilment of security requirements The tool is well managed, only the people associated with the account can access the data that is generated. The registration process verifies the authenticity of the user.
In general, the evaluation of the people has been very favorable, it seems to them a very effective. However, they all reinforce the idea that it can be difficult for some older people. That if they have to do the activities alone, it can be complicated and end up getting bored because they do not engage with the proposals. From what we see that success is favoring a good familiarization with the technological tool.
Usability and Accessibility
They found the information shown on the screen and in each activity very helpful. That this information takes into account the literacy of the user to raise the messages of support and help, in addition to the activities they liked very much. Some participants in the validation point out that some “people still cannot read and write”.
The section that shows the results and the evolution of the person could be tried to improve aesthetically to be more visual, perhaps with icons by levels of complexity or in case the deterioration of the person is worsening it is accompanied by a color, for example.
Some of the people who have tried it have pointed out that the concept "Self-administered time" is not understood initially, although when reading the clarification it is clear to all.
The application is optimized for Tablet and they have found that it is the best format for this type of activity, as it is accessible, fast, manageable, intuitive, visual and comfortable. They all point out that the mobile phone would be very small, and the computer is more associated with “homework” rather than leisure.
Regarding the errors, no incidents or problems related to the operation of the Tablet have been detected.
The exercises that have been liked the most: solve operations, recognize colors, find a partner, follow two balls, remember words, remember objects and their names, order sequences of an action and divide into two equal parts.
The exercises they liked, then the previous ones: recognizing letters, recognizing numbers, recognizing geometric shapes and ordering words to form a sentence.
Design and ergonomics
In general, they found it to be a suitable solution with an attractive design.
Ease of acquisition
That the product can be purchased online, through the GooglePlay stores and the IOS market, they have found it easy and accessible. They understand that a person who does not have access to the Internet will not be the end user.