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Using 3D Virtual Agents to Improve the Autonomy and Quality of Life of Elderly People

  • Piedad Garrido
  • Angel Sanchez
  • Francisco J. Martinez
  • Sandra Baldassarri
  • Eva Cerezo
  • Francisco J. Seron
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 219)

Abstract

Nowadays, the percentage of elderly people is increasing, especially in developed countries. Technological products can be used to propel a cohesive and inclusive inter-generational society, although they should be adapted to satisfy the needs and preferences of elderly people. In this paper, we present 3D virtual agents as a promising system to improve the autonomy and Quality of Life (QoL) of elderly people, as they are technological systems that look and act like a person, thanks to the use of speech recognition and voice communication, and they can facilitate users’ everyday life. In this work, the connection between a virtual agent with a SQL database engine allows our agent to be connected to the health center, thus being able to assist users in their daily intake of medication.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piedad Garrido
    • 1
  • Angel Sanchez
    • 1
  • Francisco J. Martinez
    • 1
  • Sandra Baldassarri
    • 2
  • Eva Cerezo
    • 2
  • Francisco J. Seron
    • 2
  1. 1.EUPTTeruelSpain
  2. 2.EINAZaragozaSpain

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