The Sense Lounger: establishing a ubicomp beachhead in elders' homes

A.K. Hurst, J. Zimmerman, C. Atkeson, J. Forlizzi

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    simply and cheaply turning a lounge chair into an initial "ubicomp" device in a home; providing a beachhead for transforming the home into a rich ubicomp environment. The Sense Lounger employs fabric sensors sewn into a chair’s slipcover and force sensors on each leg to detect both an occupant and their activity. Drawing insights from user needs, we developed the Sense Lounger to (i) fit into the home and lifestyle of elders, (ii) assist and add value to the lives of elders, (iii) provide a platform for expanding assistive devices within the home environment. The current Sense Lounger prototype can be used to detect signs of life, patterns of use, posture, and sitting duration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI'05 ; extended abstracts overview
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)1-59593-002-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event23rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2005) - Portland, United States
    Duration: 2 Apr 20057 Apr 2005
    Conference number: 23


    Conference23rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2005)
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2005
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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