The chief aims of the project are to encourage old people to cook properly at home, provide them with good nutritional habits, help them to shape a healthy diet and do the right shopping for food and drink and strengthen their socialisation. Directed at independent adults without serious illnesses or handicaps, it is also suitable for old people and people with slight cognitive limitations. Different studies demonstrate that carrying on everyday activities such as cooking helps old people to stay independent and active.
The project, which has a duration of two years, has a budget of 1,761,864 euros and involves seven companies in five countries. The first working meeting has been held in Mataró on 1 and 2 July.
ChefMySelf has three main components: the food processor, the user interfaces and the Cloud services. The interaction of the whole is based on safe, open and standardised technology accessible via television or mobile devices.
The food processor, by Polne, a member of the Taurus Group also taking part in the project, will be adapted thanks to the development of an accessible interface to be designed and integrated by CETEMMSA and directed especially at old people. This interface is what interacts with the user, offering and recommending content for maintaining a healthy diet, taking into account their individual nutritional needs. Finally, the system will create a social network focusing on the subject of healthy ageing and food to motivate users to be active and maintain social relations, with functions such as sharing recipes, the chance to interact with other system users, etc.
Cloud-based services will have a series of applications to offer for fostering and maintaining good nutritional habits and supporting them with recipes. They will also include other functions to allow monitoring of daily consumption of calories, vitamins and minerals so that users can control their food intake. Meals will be cooked following the instructions in the selected recipe step by step, for which users can fall back on their own abilities or they can follow the indications of the adapted interface. To stimulate and improve social interaction, ChefMySelf will include a series of services for publishing and commenting new recipes produced by users themselves and will allow interaction through the sending of messages to other users.
Development of the ChefMySelf solution will take into account current technology and adaptation for new devices for old people.
Thanks to the platform of services included in it, the system will, among other functions, allow users to look up recipes according to their own preferences or the type of ingredient, indicating the nutritional results and the daily consumption of calories, minerals and vitamins, thanks to a history of the meals eaten. The system can also provide tools for programming weekly meals, recommending menus according to the state of each individual and whether or not they suffer some kind of illness. Depending on the weekly programme, ChefMySelf will be able to draw up the weekly shopping list and display it on the user's mobile device as a shopping list or on another person's device if the user has limited mobility.
ChefMySelf is financed by the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme out of the budget of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and with funds from the European Commission, with reference number AAL-010000-2013-18 and AAL-010000-2013-4.
Led and co-ordinated by CETEMMSA, also taking part in the project are the 'Fraunhofer Portugal Research' technological centre in Portugal, the companies ASM Market Research and Analysis Centre, Poland and ME.TE.DA., Italy, the Taurus Groups industrial company POLNE, Spain, and two organisations making the final pilot tests: Instituto Nazionale di Ricovero e Cura para Anziani, Italy, and Unie KBO, Holland.