The sense lounger: Establishing a ubicomp beachhead in elders' homes

Amy Hurst, John Zimmerman, Chris Atkeson, Jodi Forlizzi

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Abstract

In this paper we describe the Sense Lounger, a method for simply and cheaply turning a lounge chair into an initial ubicomp device in a home; providing a beachhead for transforming the home into a rich ubicomp environment. The Sense Lounger employs fabric sensors sewn into a chair's slipcover and force sensors on each leg to detect both an occupant and their activity. Drawing insights from user needs, we developed the Sense Lounger to (i) fit into the home and lifestyle of elders, (ii) assist and add value to the lives of elders, (iii) provide a platform for expanding assistive devices within the home environment. The current Sense Lounger prototype can be used to detect signs of life, patterns of use, posture, and sitting duration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI'05 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'05
Pages1467-1470
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2005Apr 7 2005

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period4/2/054/7/05

Keywords

  • Aging in place
  • Assistive technology
  • Design studies
  • Eldercare
  • Interaction design
  • Ubicomp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Hurst, A., Zimmerman, J., Atkeson, C., & Forlizzi, J. (2005). The sense lounger: Establishing a ubicomp beachhead in elders' homes. In CHI'05 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'05 (pp. 1467-1470). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/1056808.1056943