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Connected ambient assistance : achievements, current status and future prospects

  • Connected ambient assistance systems support elderly people - or people in need of care - for aConnected ambient assistance systems support elderly people - or people in need of care - for a self-determined, healthy and safe living in their familiar home until very old age. The systems typically communicate with nursing relatives or remote professional caregiving providers. The basic functions of stationary assistance systems include the detection of a) falls and b) deviant behavior indicating a health hazard. These kernel tasks of assistance have been amended in the course of time by a plenitude of more general assistant functions. Wearable devices, like programmable smartwatches, extend the reach of stationary assistance beyond the spatial boundaries of the familiar home. They extend the scope of wellbeing monitoring by analyzing the wearer’s heart rate in relation to the current physical activity and can also verify sufficient liquid ingestion, drinking, thus compensating the diminishing natural sensation of thirst at increasing age. Home robots also extend the scope of wellbeing monitoring within the home and relieve from the necessity of a comprehensive sensoric instrumentation of the home. So far, ambient assistant systems can primarily provide assistance only in the physiological dimension. Cognitive ambient assistance, which allows the participation in the social communication on an equal footing, today is beyond their abilities. The advances in artificial intelligence are about to change the picture. From an economic point of view, the dissemination and success of assistance systems has been slowed down within the last decade by lacking wide-spread interaction standards as well as the shortage of necessary multivalent utility of such systems. In contrast, the smart home concept offering increased comfort and sustainability has gained a lot of attractivity in the same time. Therefore, commercially successful assistance systems must provide their utility in all three dimensions: assistance, but also simultaneously in comfort/safety and sustainability.show moreshow less

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Author:Rainer Lutze, Jochen Bauer, Klemens Waldhör
Parent Title (English):Connected Living : international and interdisciplinary conference (2021), Frankfurt am Main
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Publication:2021
Creating Corporation:Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Tag:Active assisted living (AAL); machine learning; robotics; smartwatch/wearables; sustainability
Page Number:41
DOI des kompletten Tagungsbands: https://doi.org/10.48718/98d5-zp59
DDC classes:Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt