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An Acoustic-Based Smart Home System for People Suffering from Dementia

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Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, University of Thessaly, 35131 Lamia, Greece
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Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, 18534 Piraeus, Greece
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Department of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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Technologies 2019, 7(1), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies7010029
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 6 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
Aging-in-place can reduce the progress of dementia syndrome and improve the quality of life of the sufferers and their families. Taking into consideration the fact that numerous neurological research results suggest the use of sound as a stimulus for empowering the memory of the sufferer, an innovative information home support system for people suffering from dementia is proposed. The innovation of the proposed system is found in its application, that is to integrate a home system for assisting with person recognition via a sound-based memory aid service. Furthermore, the system addresses the needs of people suffering from dementia to recognize their familiars and have better interaction and collaboration, without the need for training. The system offers a ubiquitous recognition system, using smart devices like smart-phones or smart-wristbands. When a familiar person is detected in the house, then a sound is reproduced on the smart speakers, in order to stimulate the sufferer’s memory. The system identified all users and reproduced the appropriate sound in 100% of the cases. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first system of its kind for assisting person recognition via sound ever reported in the literature. View Full-Text
Keywords: active and assisted living; smart speakers; information support system; healthcare system; sufferer monitoring system; dementia active and assisted living; smart speakers; information support system; healthcare system; sufferer monitoring system; dementia
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Boumpa, E.; Gkogkidis, A.; Charalampou, I.; Ntaliani, A.; Kakarountas, A.; Kokkinos, V. An Acoustic-Based Smart Home System for People Suffering from Dementia. Technologies 2019, 7, 29.

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