Quality of Life Technology Handbook

Free Standard Shipping

Purchasing Options

ISBN 9781466505346
Cat# K14561



SAVE 20%

eBook (VitalSource)
ISBN 9781466505353
Cat# KE16062



SAVE 30%

eBook Rentals

Other eBook Options:


  • Introduces an innovative model that conceptualizes QoL systems in terms of functional domain, adaptability, user involvement, and systems intelligence
  • Discusses the current state of the art as well as the future direction of technologies
  • Provides detailed how-to guidance for each step of the technology development-commercialization process in the field
  • Establishes a framework for a new interdisciplinary science and shows how work requires collaboration among engineers, clinicians, social scientists, and policy experts
  • Includes illustrations, figures, and tables to clarify concepts


A collaboration between leading scientists, practitioners, and researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, this book is a comprehensive resource describing Quality of Life technologies and their development, evaluation, adoption, and commercialization. It takes an interdisciplinary team approach to the process of technology development for disabled and older persons and discusses the state of the art and future directions of technologies. This work provides direction on how to identify user needs and preferences, engage end-users in the design and development process, and evaluate and commercialize the technologies.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Conceptual Foundations
Who Can Benefit from Quality of Life Technology?
Richard Schulz and Scott R. Beach
Facilitators and Barriers to Technology Uptake: Individual End-User Perspectives
Richard Schulz
Facilitators and Barriers to Technology Uptake: Organizational and Societal Perspectives
Katherine D. Seelman

Design, Development, and Evaluation
Assessing Needs, Preferences, and Attitudes Using Survey Methods
Scott R. Beach
Design and Development Process
Judith T. Matthews, Karen L. Courtney, and Annette DeVito Dabbs
Universal Design for Quality of Life Technologies
Edward Steinfeld and Roger O. Smith
Fostering Teamwork and Community Partnerships
Judith T. Matthews and Karen L. Courtney
Evaluating Quality of Life Technologies
Annette DeVito Dabbs, Scott R. Beach, Karen L. Courtney, and Judith T. Matthews

Core Technologies and Their Application
Vision-Based Sensing Approaches to QoLT
Martial Hebert
HERB: Personal Assistive Mobile Manipulator in the Home
Siddhartha Srinivasa
Architecture and Applications of Virtual Coaches
Daniel P. Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic
Non-Wearable In-Home Sensing for Early Detection of Health Changes
Marjorie Skubic, Marilyn J. Rantz, Steve J. Miller, Rainer Dane Guevara, Richelle J. Koopman, Gregory L. Alexander, and Lorraine J. Phillips
Quality of Life Technologies in Supporting Family Caregivers
Sara J. Czaja, Chin Chin Lee, and Richard Schulz

Transforming Education and the Market Place
Developing Future Generations of QoLT Researchers through Education, Outreach, and Diversity Initiatives
Mary Goldberg, Maria Milleville, Dan Ding, Reid Simmons, Shelly Brown, and Diane Collins
Innovation, Commercialization, and Start-Ups
James F. Jordan