A cloud-based virtual caregiver for elderly people in a cyber physical IoT system
- 255 Downloads
In this research, we propose virtual caregiver (VCareGiver), a virtual caregiver as a cyber-physical smart home (CPSH) companion to support the daily life activities of elderly people through their gestures. The CPSH will act as a virtual caregiver who will understand the need of an elderly person and be present with him/her ubiquitously at any time and at any location within his/her house. VCareGiver will help in solving two important problems. Firstly, a large population is at their old age who needs help in their daily chores, since the family members are unable to give full support (e.g. reminding the to-do list, maintaining appointments, taking medicine on right time, sending SMS, saving energy due to consumption of electricity, controlling home appliances, etc.) due to busy schedule. Secondly, due to the old age movement problem, they need support in doing activities through gesture. In this research, we want to test the viability of the virtual caregiver as a physical assistant. The gestures of an elderly subject in the physical world are recognized by a multi-sensory IoT-based framework that is passed to the CPSH, which analyses the gestures and generates a command to perform certain physical world activity and finally produce the visualization. A proof of concept CPSH has been implemented through the web, and smartphone based applications. More than 100 different gestures have been incorporated into the CPSH system through which different daily life activities can be performed. Initial test results are very encouraging and show the prospect of such virtual caregiver, which can revolutionize the quality of life of our prospective elderly generation.
The authors are grateful to the Deanship of Scientific Research, king Saud University for funding through Vice Deanship of Scientific Research Chairs.
- 1.United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Annual Report. http://www.unfpa.org/ageing. Accessed 20 Dec 2015
- 2.World Health Organization Annual Report 2015 on Ageing. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/186463/1/9789240694811_eng.pdf?ua=1. Accessed 20 Dec 2015
- 3.Qamar, A., Khan, A.R., Husain, S.O., Rahman, M.A., Basalamah, S.: A multi-sensory gesture-based occupational therapy environment for controlling home appliances. In: Proceedings of the ACM on International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval, Shanghai, China (2015)Google Scholar
- 4.LaBelle, K.: Evaluation of Kinect joint tracking for clinical and in-home stroke rehabilitation tools. Undergraduate Thesis, Notre Dame, Indiana (2011)Google Scholar
- 7.Don, S., Dugki, M.: Medical cyber physical systems and bigdata platforms. In: Proceedings of the Medical Cyber Physical Systems Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2013)Google Scholar
- 8.Zhang, Y., et al.: TOLA: topic-oriented learning assistant based on cyber-physical system and big data. Future Gener. Comput. Syst. 25(2017), 200–205 (2017)Google Scholar
- 9.Bai, Z.-Y., Huang, X.-Y.: Design and implementation of cyber physical system for building smart living spaces. Int. J. Distrib. Sens. Netw. (2012), article ID 764186, p. 9Google Scholar
- 12.Haque, S.A., Aziz, S.M., Rahman, M.: Review of cyber physical system in healthcare. Int. J. Distrib. Sens. Netw. (2014), article ID 217415, p. 20Google Scholar
- 13.Pawlak, A.: Models and collaboration in medical cyber-physical systems design. J. Med. Inf. Technol. 23, 11–16 (2014)Google Scholar
- 29.Hossain, M.S., Muhammad, G., Alamri, A.: Smart healthcare monitoring: a voice pathology detection paradigm for smart cities. Multimed. Syst. (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00530-017-0561-x