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Using Augmented Reality and Ontologies to Co-design Assistive Technologies in Smart Homes

Abstract

Smart homes provide alternative means to foster autonomy for frail people living at home. Oral and visual cues are produced to help people carrying out activities. This necessitates to determine which sensors and effectors to choose for monitoring activities, which is is not trivial. A Do-it-Yourself approach is proposed for caregivers who know the frail people habits but needs a user-friendly interaction. Augmented reality and ontologies are aimed to address many of the smart home design issues, via a virtual advisor. The augmented reality interface is linked to an OWL ontology that describes space, sensors and effectors, activities of daily living, monitoring and assistance. First, a semantic 3D model of one's house is constructed. Second, still on augmented reality, a hierarchical model of the assistance and monitoring scenario is specified. A virtual advisor proposes actions, scenarios and corrections of design inconsistencies.

Citation

Haidon, C., Ngankam, H. K., Giroux, S., & Pigot, H. (2020, March). Using augmented reality and ontologies to co-design assistive technologies in smart homes. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces Companion (pp. 126-127).

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