Research

No Isolation is a Norwegian startup, founded to reduce loneliness and social isolation by developing warm technology and knowledge. We believe technology can help solve major problems in our society, like loneliness, by designing it through the eyes and ears of those using it. Through research partnerships we shine light on the issue of loneliness, and the effect of warm technology.

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Over half a million children suffer from prolonged school absence in the UK in 2021

New research finds 522,000 children will miss out on their education in the UK in 2021, increasing their risk of social isolation and need for remote learning tools

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Digital Exclusion: New research reveals how touchscreens leaves 5.6 million elderly behind in the UK

Despite the presence of technology in almost all aspects of daily life, there are still barriers that prevent millions of elderly people from accessing it.

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The impact of Komp on seniors’ levels of loneliness and well-being

As of July 2021 there are close to 7000 seniors in Norway, The U.K., Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands using Komp to stay in touch with their families.

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How technology can help combat social isolation

The world’s leading expert on loneliness suggests that online sites can be valuable tools for combating the issue.

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Why do many seniors have trouble using technology?

According to Eurostat, in the EU, 87 percent of people aged 75 years and over have never been online.

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Impact of AV1 on children with long-term illness and school absence

School absence resulting from illness is a problem with major educational and social consequences.

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How does social isolation affect a child’s mental health and development?

Close relationships, social support and care are fundamental needs for human beings.

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Emotionally based school avoiders, and how they've been using AV1

Although AV1 was originally designed for children with physiological conditions in mind, it is increasingly being used by emotionally based school avoiders, and having some incredible results.

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Extreme social isolation

In recent years awareness of the importance of social relations for good health has increased. Unfortunately, numbers tell us that too many are socially isolated.

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What is the prevalence of social isolation in Europe?

7.2 percent is the share of the European population who claim that they rarely meet up with their friends or relatives.

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An expert on loneliness explains

What's the difference between objective and perceived isolation, what consequences do isolation have, and why is it a problem?

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We need tailored products to combat loneliness

International figures show that 3 percent to 11 percent of all youths are chronically lonely, yet most of the research regarding loneliness focuses on seniors.

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The state of social isolation and loneliness in the UK

UK figures show that socially isolated people are 3.5 times more likely to enter local authority funded residential care.

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What is social isolation?

Social isolation is a term often used interchangeably with loneliness, but how do the terms differ?

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Can Robots End Isolation and Disruption for Unwell Students?

A project, funded by The Department for Education, has investigated the impact of 90 AV1's in The UK.

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Children on the autism spectrum use school avatars

How can AV1 help children on the autism spectrum?

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Consequences of social isolation for children and adolescents

Humans are social beings. For most children and adolescents, school is the most important social arena in their lives.

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The prevalence of long-term illness in school-aged children

In The EU, about 522,000 children miss out on school due to long-term illness every year.

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All the lonely people, Karen Dolva at TEDxArendal

Karen Dolva speaks about her own experience with loneliness, and the issue of loneliness as a whole.

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The Invisible Children

The Invisible children report highlights the concerning experiences of children and adolescents who due to long-term illness cannot attend school.

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Children’s perceptions of social robots: a study of the robots Pepper, AV1 and Tessa at Norwegian research fairs

A study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology finds that 90% of elementary school children aged 6-13 years (n=107) strongly agree/agree that AV1 looks cool and 74% strongly agree/agree that AV1 looks “cute”.

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A qualitative study about how telepresence robots help school‐aged children with cancer to remain connected with their school classes during treatment

A study from the Danish Rigshospitalet explores how four AV1 telepresence robots help school-aged children and adolescents with cancer to remain socially and academically connected with their school classes during cancer treatment.

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Mediating relatedness for nine adolescents with ME: Reducing isolation through minimal interactions with AV1

A study from the University of Oslo demonstrates that AV1 was largely effective at mediating nine adolescents’ everyday experiences of relatedness, triggering productive new habits and social practices.

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Experiences with 37 AV1 in school for conditions such as cancer, fatigue disorders and surgery-related absences

OsloMet’s study examines 37 children's experiences with the communication robot AV1 in school. Use of the robot occurs in educational contexts ranging from kindergarten to high school, for conditions such as cancer, fatigue disorders and surgery-related absences. The study is based on 141 qualitative interviews.

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An evaluation of robot technology for 21 children and adolescents with muscular dystrophy

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation purchased 21 robots. In a survey they conducted they found that 72% of the children and adolescents between 6-13 years have been able to participate more fully in school since using their robot.

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