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Smart Objects: An Evaluation of the Present State Based on User Needs

  • Alessandra Papetti
  • Matteo Iualé
  • Silvia Ceccacci
  • Roberta Bevilacqua
  • Michele Germani
  • Maura Mengoni
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8530)

Abstract

In the last years, some attempts have been made to explore the use of smart objects, with the purpose of monitoring well-being and supporting people’s independent living. However an inventory of characteristics of smart products currently available on the market is still lacking. The aim of this study is to provide an overview of such products in order to: (1) understand if their features really match users’ needs, answering to the definition of assistive technology and, consequently, (2) understand if an environment embedded with SOs can be considered as assistive too, taking into consideration the attributes given by the definition of the SOs, of being embedded in familiar objects and immerse in the users’ surround.

Keywords

Inclusive Design Universal Design Home Environment Internet of Things 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandra Papetti
    • 1
  • Matteo Iualé
    • 1
  • Silvia Ceccacci
    • 1
  • Roberta Bevilacqua
    • 2
  • Michele Germani
    • 1
  • Maura Mengoni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical SciencesUniversità Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of Bioinformatics, Bioengineering and Home AutomationIstituto Nazionale di Ricerca e Cura per AnzianiAnconaItaly

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