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A Discomfort-Sensitive Chair for Pointing Out Mental Fatigue

  • André PimentaEmail author
  • Davide Carneiro
  • Paulo Novais
  • José Neves
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 376)

Abstract

In our busy daily life, we often have the feeling of being exhausted, accompanied with a sense of performance degradation and increase of discomfort in the execution of even simple tasks. This often takes place in the workplace and in a silent way, influencing our productivity, our performance the number of errors or the quality of our production. This paper details a chair to be used in workplace environments that is sensitive to the onset of fatigue. Based on built-in accelerometers it recognizes signs of discomfort, which may be related to mental fatigue, to point out moments when an individual should consider taking a pause or a rest. This chair complements a previously developed software for the assessment of mental fatigue from the analysis of the individual’s interaction with the computer.

Keywords

Ambient intelligence Fatigue Statistical analysis Clustering 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is part-funded by ERDF - European Regional Development Fund through the COMPETE Programme (operational programme for competitiveness) and by National Funds through the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) within project FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-028980 (PTDC/EEI-SII/1386/2012) and project PEst-OE/EEI/UI0752/2014.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Pimenta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Davide Carneiro
    • 1
  • Paulo Novais
    • 1
  • José Neves
    • 1
  1. 1.ALGORITMI-Universidade do MinhoBragaPortugal

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