Harnessing the Interaction Continuum for Subtle Assisted Living

Manuel García-Herranz, Fernando Olivera, Pablo Haya and Xavier Alamán

Sensors 2012 [download] (JCR, IF 2011: 1.953, Q1)

People interact with each other in many levels of attention, intention and meaning. This Interaction Continuum is used daily to deal with different contexts, adapting the interaction to communication needs and available resources. Nevertheless, computer-supported interaction has mainly focused on the most direct, explicit and intrusive types of human to human Interaction such as phone calls, emails, or video conferences. This paper presents the results of exploring and exploiting the potentials of undemanding interaction mechanisms, paying special attention to subtle communication and background interaction. As we argue the benefits of this type of interaction for people with special needs, we present a theoretical framework to define it and propose a proof of concept based on Augmented Objects and a color codification mechanism. Finally, we evaluate and analyze the strengths and limitations of such approach with people with cognitive disabilities.

Adaptive manuals as assistive technology to support and train people with acquired brain injury in their daily life activities

Javier Gómez, Germán Montoro, Pablo A. Haya, Xavier Alamán, Susana Alves and Mónica Martínez

Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 17 (6), 2013,  1117-1126 [download] (JCR, IF 2012: 1.133, Q2)

Assistive technologies and ubiquitous computing can be related since both try to help people in their lives. This common objective motivated us to develop and evaluate a system that puts ubiquitous computing technologies into the rehabilitation process of people with acquired brain injury. Thus, in this paper, we present and evaluate a system that shows adaptive manuals for daily-life activities for people with acquired brain injury. This first evaluation allowed us to validate our approach and also to extract valuable information about these systems as well as environmental factors that may affect the patients.

Volume 17 Issue 6, August 2013
Pages 1117-1126