The Mechatronic Device Which Provides Comfort and Safety for the Elderly and Disabled People
This article describes the device which provides comfort and safety for the elderly and disabled people. The system can be installed in any room, particularly in a flat or a house. The device is dedicated for the elderly and disabled people who are lonely. The project is based on the system that analyzes the pattern of the user’s behavior. Signals are received from many sensors and transform to the form which is readable. Based on the collected data, it is possible to detect early symptoms of illness and to inform the family. The article describes in detail the developed system, including: its diagnostic capabilities (in case of decreased activity, longer stay in bed, consumption of less food, compared to previous period reported in the developed system, may indicate the occurrence of the first symptoms e.g. depression); reporting to the doctor’s recommendations (in case the patient’s compliance with the diet, movement or recommended amount of sleep); comfort (adjust lighting/temperature/humidity to the user’s current behavior) or safety (information about dangerous situations, such as falling, or fading. The system observes a flat or a house while user is absent and can simulate presence through change light level or open/close windows). A great asset of the system is the low cost of implementation and no need to interfere with the existing infrastructure of the building.
KeywordsMechatronic Hardware and software system Elderly and disabled people
The innovative features of the presented device is further proven by the fact that a patent application No P.420306 for this mechatronic device which provides comfort and safety for the elderly and disabled people has been filed This work was supported in part the Vice-Rector for Research the Rzeszow University of Technology (DS.MA.17.001).
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