Using Embedded Systems to Spread Assistive Technology on Multiple Devices in Smart Environments

TitleUsing Embedded Systems to Spread Assistive Technology on Multiple Devices in Smart Environments
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2014
AuthorsMulfari, D., A. Celesti, M. Fazio, M. Villari, and A. Puliafito
Conference NameIEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM)
Pagination5-11
Date Published2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Conference LocationBelfast
ISBN978-1-4799-5669-2
KeywordsAssistive Technology, embedded systems, human computer interaction, Internet of Things, Users with disabilities
Abstract

Nowadays, Assistive Technology (AT) systems are closely tied to the devices that they control. Considering a smart
environment where a person with a disability needs to interact with multiple devices, the user is forced to rely on AT software
tools available on the each used platform. Therefore, computer skills are required to adjust any different computing environment
configuration according to the user’s needs and preferences. To address such issues, in this paper, we discuss the usage of
embedded systems able to interface sensors and existing AT software tools running on user’s personal equipments, in order
to natively interact with many platforms. Thus, our work aims to decouple AT software tools from the accessed computer systems,
allowing us to control various kinds of computer systems, even those that do not provide any AT features, by using just a personal assistive equipment.

DOI10.1109/BIBM.2014.6999234