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Asghar Z., Yamamoto G., Taketomi T., Sandor C., Kato H., Pulli P. (2017) Remote Assistance for Elderly to Find Hidden Objects in a Kitchen. In: Giokas K., Bokor L., Hopfgartner F. (eds) eHealth 360°. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 181. Springer, Cham.

Remote assistance for elderly to find hidden objects in a kitchen

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Author: Asghar, Zeeshan1,2; Yamamoto, Goshiro3; Taketomi, Takafumi2;
Organizations: 1Department of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
2Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 8916-5, Japan
3Kyoto University Hospital, Shogoin Kawahara-cho 54, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-09-06


Remote assistive technologies are one of the most promising solutions for an aging society in the future. This paper describes a design of a remote assistive system to guide elderly to find and recognize hidden objects in a kitchen through ubiquitous technologies utilizing sensing and light projection. These intelligent technologies can play a vital role in taking care of the elderly with cognitive impairments when the caregiver’s lives or work far away. The main goal of this research is to provide visual guidance to elderly to overcoming the deficits of initiation, planning, attention and memory deficits while performing kitchen-based activities of daily living such as locating and identifying items for cooking. In a standard kitchen where objects can be placed in open and closed spaces, it is difficult for elderly with cognitive impairment to find and locate objects that are invisible and sometimes hidden behind other objects. In this situation the RFID technology can directly provide the location of the items and projection technology can display the image of the object at the exact location. An initial prototype has been developed and a user study with twelve elderly people has been conducted. The initial results show that the visual guidance makes the task of finding and identifying objects easier and simpler. Additionally, results show promise for further development and system can be used for other kitchen activities.

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Series: Lecture notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
ISSN: 1867-8211
ISSN-E: 1867-822X
ISSN-L: 1867-8211
ISBN: 978-3-319-49654-2
Volume: 181
Pages: 3 - 8
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_1
Host publication: eHealth 360° International Summit on eHealth, Budapest, Hungary, June 14-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers
Host publication editor: Giokas, Kostas
Bokor, Laszlo
Hopfgartner, Frank
Conference: eHealth 360° International Summit on eHealth
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research work has been funded by the “Teleassistance for seniors with Dementia – A Novel Concept for Safety” project for the Japan-Finland Research Cooperative Program by Japan Science and Technology Agency.
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