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EMon: Embodied Monitorization

  • Davide Carneiro
  • Paulo Novais
  • Ricardo Costa
  • Pedro Gomes
  • José Neves
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5859)

Abstract

The amount of seniors in need of constant care is rapidly rising: an evident consequence of population ageing. There are already some monitorization environments which aim to monitor these persons while they remain at home. This, however, although better than delocalizing the elder to some kind of institution, may not still be the ideal solution, as it forces them to stay inside the home more than they wished, as going out means lack of accompaniment and a consequent sensation of fear. In this paper we propose EMon: a monitorization device small enough to be worn by its users, although powerful enough to provide the higher level monitorization systems with vital information about the user and the environment around him. We hope to allow the representation of an intelligent environment to move with its users, instead of being static, mandatorily associated to a single physical location. The first prototype of EMon, as presented in this paper, provides environmental data as well as GPS coordinates and pictures that are useful to describe the context of its user.

Keywords

Ambient Intelligence Monitorization Mobility Portable Monitorization Wearable Computers Pervasive Computing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Carneiro
    • 1
  • Paulo Novais
    • 1
  • Ricardo Costa
    • 2
  • Pedro Gomes
    • 1
  • José Neves
    • 1
  1. 1.DI-CCTCUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.College of Management and TechnologyPolytechnic of PortoFelgueirasPortugal

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