3rd International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks

Research Article

Preliminary Studies to Develop a Ubiquitous Computing and Health-monitoring System for Wheelchair Users

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.BODYNETS2008.2974,
        author={Jongbae Kim and Sangyeun Cho and Seung-Jae Kim},
        title={Preliminary Studies to Develop a Ubiquitous Computing and Health-monitoring System for Wheelchair Users},
        proceedings={3rd International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={BODYNETS},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Wearable Computer Ubiquitous Computing Health-Monitoring Wheelchair Users Assistive Technology.},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.BODYNETS2008.2974}
    }
    
  • Jongbae Kim
    Sangyeun Cho
    Seung-Jae Kim
    Year: 2010
    Preliminary Studies to Develop a Ubiquitous Computing and Health-monitoring System for Wheelchair Users
    BODYNETS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.BODYNETS2008.2974
Jongbae Kim1,*, Sangyeun Cho2,*, Seung-Jae Kim3,*
  • 1: Dept. of Rehabilitation Science & Tech., University of Pittsburgh 412-586-6909
  • 2: Dept. of Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh 412-383-7018
  • 3: Center for Adaptive Neural Systems, Arizona State University 480-965-9489
*Contact email: jbkim@pitt.edu, cho@cs.pitt.edu, Seung-Jae.Kim@asu.edu

Abstract

Both the percentage and raw number of people in need of wheelchairs are increasing every year. Unfortunately, wheelchair users are much more limited in access to conventional IT resources such as home computers and Internet, than their non-disabled counterparts. Moreover, no computer systems specifically designed and optimized for wheelchair users exist today that match the powerful desktop PC systems. In this research, we envision a wheelchair-worn computing system that is as effectively usable by wheelchair users as other conventional high-performance PC systemsfor general users. We call the system Ubiquitous Computing and Health-monitoring System for Wheelchair Users (u-CHS). As a preliminary study for the development of the u-CHS, we surveyed the needs and usages of the computing and health-monitoring system for wheelchair users in order to fully identify and understand the design requirements for the u-CHS. We received 97 enthusiastic responses from wheelchair users via a voluntary online survey and developed some key design concepts about the input/output, CPU, and health-monitoring modules.