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Volume 11 of the series Biosystems & Biorobotics pp 387-396

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Smart Environments and Systems for Maintaining Health and Independent Living: The FARSEEING and CuPiD Projects

  • S. MelloneAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Guglielmo Marconi, University of Bologna Email author 
  • , A. FerrariAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Guglielmo Marconi, University of Bologna
  • , C. TacconiAffiliated withHealth Sciences and Technologies—Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research, University of Bologna
  • , E. ValtolinaAffiliated withLegrand Spa, Bticino Spa
  • , R. GreenlawAffiliated withOxford Computer Consultants Ltd
  • , A. NawazAffiliated withDepartment of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • , A. BourkeAffiliated withLaboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement, EPFL
  • , P. FerriolAffiliated withHealth Department, Fundació iBit
  • , E. FarellaAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Guglielmo Marconi, University of Bologna
    • , L. RocchiAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Guglielmo Marconi, University of Bologna
    • , H. Hawley-HagueAffiliated withSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
    • , L. ChiariAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Guglielmo Marconi, University of BolognaHealth Sciences and Technologies—Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research, University of Bologna

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Abstract

Home Control and Automation systems are often modular and offer the flexibility and dependability to make life easier. Wearable sensor systems for health monitoring are an emerging trend and are expected to enable proactive personal health management. Using home-based technology and personal devices the aim is to motivate and support healthier lifestyle; this is a challenge which has been addressed in the framework of FARSEEING and CuPiD EU projects. Contrary to visions that consider home automation and personal health systems as a mean to replace or to simplify the subject control and actions, in the FARSEEING and CuPiD approach smartphones, wearable devices, and home based technology are used to stimulate the user by making life mentally and physically more challenging but without losing comfort.