Embedded Smarthouse Bathroom Entertainment Systems for Improving Quality of Life

Chapter

Abstract

The phrase “Smarthouse to improve the smartness of a human’s daily life” has two meanings. One is to improve individual smartness, which represents the Quality of Life (QoL); the other is to improve social smartness, which includes human communications and social consumptions. This chapter primarily describes entertainment systems that can be embedded particularly in the bathrooms of smarthouses and used by humans in everyday life to improve QoL. The systems include “Bathonify,” a sonification system that reflects the bathing states and vital signs of the bather; “TubTouch,” a bathtub entertainment system that uses embedded touch sensors and a projector to control various equipment and systems; and “Bathcratch,” a DJ scratching music system that is operated by rubbing and touching the bathtub. Even though these systems are based on Japanese bathing culture and style, they provide advances in the pleasures of everyday life. In addition, these embedded systems and their techniques provide advances in computer entertainment platforms that can be extended to various places and situations.

Keywords

Smarthouse Bathroom Embedded sensors Interactive sonification Media arts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Kyoto Sangyo UniversityKyotoJapan

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