A Novel Device for Contactless Detection of Small Body Movements Dedicated to People with Severe Mobility Impairments

  • L. Fanucci
  • M. Malavasi
  • F. Iacopetti
  • M. Turturici
  • F. Sciarra
  • F. Lupi
Conference paper

Abstract

In the present work a novel system aiming at the contactless detection and recognition of small gestures of the body is proposed. Gestures can be subsequently associated to actions performed by a generic device, via a PC or an external actuator. The present work is related to the advanced stages of neuromuscular diseases, when the capabilities to control voluntary muscles are very poor and limited to a few muscles such as the facial ones. The proposed system uses a video acquisition unit, processing algorithms able to detect and recognize movements, a hardware-software platform to translate gestures into PC application controls or interaction with other devices, like cellular phones or ringing bells. The application of the system to a real scenario consisting in the detection of small facial movements of a user affected by Duchenne’s syndrome is described. The target application is raising a voluntary remote call for assistance by means of a predefined set of user gestures.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Fanucci
    • 1
  • M. Malavasi
    • 2
  • F. Iacopetti
    • 1
  • M. Turturici
    • 1
  • F. Sciarra
    • 3
  • F. Lupi
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’InformazioneUniversità di PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Centro Regionale Ausili Regione Emilia RomagnaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.BK s.r.l.via XXIV Maggio 331La Spezia (SP)Italy

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