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Simon Klakegg, Jorge Goncalves, Niels van Berkel, Chu Luo, Simo Hosio, and Vassilis Kostakos. 2017. Towards Commoditised Near Infrared Spectroscopy. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 515-527. DOI:

Towards commoditised near infrared spectroscopy

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Author: Klakegg, Simon1; Goncalves, Jorge2; van Berkel, Niels2;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu
2School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-08-27


Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a sensing technique in which near infrared light is transmitted into a sample, followed by light absorbance measurements at various wavelengths. This technique enables the inference of the inner chemical composition of the scanned sample, and therefore can be used to identify or classify objects. In this paper, we describe how to facilitate the use of NIRS by non- expert users in everyday settings. Our work highlights the key challenges of placing NIRS devices in the hands of non-experts. We develop a system to mitigate these challenges, and evaluate it in a user study. We show how NIRS technology can be successfully utilised by untrained users in an unsupervised manner through a special enclosure and an accompanying smartphone app. Finally, we discuss potential future developments of commoditised NIRS.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-4922-2
Pages: 515 - 527
DOI: 10.1145/3064663.3064738
Host publication: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017. Edinburgh, United Kingdom, June 10 - 14, 2017
Conference: Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
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