11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Coaching Through Smart Objects

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1145/3154862.3154938,
        author={Chris Baber and Ahmad Khattab and Alan Wing and Martin Russell and Joachim Hermsdoerfer},
        title={Coaching Through Smart Objects},
        proceedings={11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={tangible user interface activity recognition multimodal cueing},
  • Chris Baber
    Ahmad Khattab
    Alan Wing
    Martin Russell
    Joachim Hermsdoerfer
    Year: 2018
    Coaching Through Smart Objects
    DOI: 10.1145/3154862.3154938
Chris Baber1,*, Ahmad Khattab1, Alan Wing1, Martin Russell1, Joachim Hermsdoerfer2
  • 1: University of Birmingham
  • 2: University of Munich
*Contact email: c.baber@bham.ac.uk


We explore the ways in which smart objects can be used to cue actions as part of coaching for Activities of Daily Living (ADL) following brain damage or injury, such as might arise following a stroke. In this case, appropriate actions are cued for a given context. The context is defined by the intention of the users, the state of the objects and the tasks for which these objects can be used. This requires objects to be instrumented so that they can recognize the actions that users perform. In order to provide appropriate cues, the objects also need to be able to display information to users, e.g., by changing their physical appearance or by providing auditory output. We discuss the ways in which information can be displayed to cue user action