Digital: Collaborative Solutions

Heriot-Watt Ambient Assisted Living Project

Follow the links below to our video and podcast exploring the scope and potential of this new research project launched by Heriot-Watt and partners, working with supported peopled and using remote access to their assisted living lab, to find digital solutions to challenges presented during the Covid pandemic

The Ambient Assisted Living Project at Heriot-Watt University demonstrates the effectiveness of seeking collaborative solutions in the care and support sector. By finding innovative ways to collaborate with supported people and stakeholders across the development of new technologies, scientists at Heriot-Watt University will be able to ensure assisted living technology in the future meets the needs of those who use it.


Researchers at Heriot-Watt University are now looking to engage with people who use, or may benefit from using digital assistive technology. Please get in touch if you, your organisation or the people you support are interested in participating in the project – all perspectives are welcome!

What do collaborative solutions look like?

Listen to our brand new podcast below to hear about why Sight Scotland have partnered with Heriot-Watt University and the Ambient Assisted Living Project to collaborate with supported people and how they have adopted digital during Covid

Blackwood are also involved in the Heriot-Watt project. Check out the video below to see how they have adopted collaborative solutions to provide improved outcomes for the people they support.

This video provides a quick run through of the 24 brand new, highly accessible, beautiful, Blackwood Homes based in Helenvale in the East End of Glasgow. These new properties are designed to enable the occupier to live life as independently as possible. The new homes have rise and fall kitchen counter tops and cabinets, remote activated raising/lowering blinds and video door entry system. The bathroom boasts the Eclisse Pocket doors, adjustable Pressalit rail system and Geberit toilet systems ensuring maximum adaptability to fit the user’s needs.

This is all supported by Blackwood’s bespoke digital care system, CleverCogs™. Each customer receives a digital device preloaded with CleverCogs™ and Blackwood provide training to support people to access their calendar to see their upcoming care visits and to use the video calling feature to contact family and friends. CleverCogs™ can be personalised to access a user’s specific interests and control some of the smart elements in their new home such as the remote activated blinds. Not only will the new tenants receive traditional care visits but also, through CleverCogs™, be able to access Blackwood’s 24/7 Support Service. This means that a friendly, supporting staff member can be contacted at any time.