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      SmartAbility: Detection of reduced physical abilities through smartphone sensors


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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Accelerometer, Assistive Technologies, Disability, Face Detection, Gyroscope, Sensors, User Interaction



            This paper describes a developed Android application to accompany the SmartAbility Framework, in order to recommend technologies for people with reduced physical ability. The framework is a culmination of previously conducted research, including requirements elicitation and technology trials. The application is based on a previous prototype version that required manual input of user abilities. The presented version detects the action that users are able to perform independently through the adoption of sensor technologies that are built-into Android devices, such as the accelerometer and step counter. The knowledge contained within the framework is subsequently used to derive recommendations of technology that could be suitable for the user. Future enhancements to the application will enable complete automatic detection, without the requirement for manual input. The exploitation of the SmartAbility application is anticipated to increase technology awareness amongst the user community, as well as providing a means for assistive technology manufacturers to promote their products.


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            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-5
            [0001]Faculty of Science & Technology, Bournemouth University

            Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, UK
            © Whittington et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing


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