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Sensors 2016, 16(11), 1953;

Smart Toys Designed for Detecting Developmental Delays

Departamento de Automática, Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad de Alcalá. Campus Universitario, 28871 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Facultad de Psicología, Departamento de Psicología Biológica y de la Salud, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Calle Iván Pavlov, 6, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Octavian Adrian Postolache, Alex Casson and Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Received: 7 September 2016 / Revised: 2 November 2016 / Accepted: 16 November 2016 / Published: 20 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing Technology for Healthcare System)
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In this paper, we describe the design considerations and implementation of a smart toy system, a technology for supporting the automatic recording and analysis for detecting developmental delays recognition when children play using the smart toy. To achieve this goal, we take advantage of the current commercial sensor features (reliability, low consumption, easy integration, etc.) to develop a series of sensor-based low-cost devices. Specifically, our prototype system consists of a tower of cubes augmented with wireless sensing capabilities and a mobile computing platform that collect the information sent from the cubes allowing the later analysis by childhood development professionals in order to verify a normal behaviour or to detect a potential disorder. This paper presents the requirements of the toy and discusses our choices in toy design, technology used, selected sensors, process to gather data from the sensors and generate information that will help in the decision-making and communication of the information to the collector system. In addition, we also describe the play activities the system supports. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; intelligent toys; health; children Internet of Things; intelligent toys; health; children

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Rivera, D.; García, A.; Alarcos, B.; Velasco, J.R.; Ortega, J.E.; Martínez-Yelmo, I. Smart Toys Designed for Detecting Developmental Delays. Sensors 2016, 16, 1953.

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