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Multimodal and ubiquitous computing systems: supporting independent-living older users

By M Perry, A Dowdall, L Lines and KS Hone


We document the rationale and design of a multimodal interface to a pervasive/ubiquitous computing system that supports independent living by older people in their own homes. The Millennium Home system involves fitting a resident’s home with sensors – these sensors can be used to trigger sequences of interaction with the resident to warn them about dangerous events, or to check if they need external help. We draw lessons from the design process and conclude the paper with implications for the design of multimodal interfaces to ubiquitous systems developed for the elderly and in healthcare, as well as for more general ubiquitous computing applications

Topics: Interaction design, multimodal, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, older people, seniors
Publisher: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:bura.brunel.ac.uk:2438/607
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