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Smart technologies for assisting the life quality of persons in a mobile environment: a review

  • Toly Chen
  • Min-Chi Chiu
Original Research

Abstract

Extant methods for quality-of-life enhancement cannot be applied to assist people in mobile environments. For overcoming this problem, this paper investigates how smart technologies can be applied to enhance the life quality of a person in a mobile environment. First, a number of smart technology applications were analyzed, from which the smart technologies suitable for improving a specific life quality were found out. To a person in a mobile environment, awareness, comfort, efficiency, immediacy, mobility, preparedness, and responsiveness were considered as more important types of the life quality. To improve these, the most effective smart technologies were concluded as smart mobile services, smart phone, smart glasses/spectacles/contact lens, and smart surveillance camera. The contribution of this study includes a systematic procedure for applying smart technologies to improving the life quality of a mobile person, and a novel method that involves applying the Kano quality model to quantify life quality from several innovative viewpoints. The results provided useful guides for making plans to improve the life quality of persons in a mobile environment.

Keywords

Quality of life Smart technology Mobile 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study is sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Systems ManagementFeng Chia UniversityTaichung CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Engineering and ManagementNational Chin-Yi University of TechnologyTaichung CityTaiwan

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