Abstract: In this paper, the development of a prototypal wireless sensor platform is described, aimed at assisting elderly people and people with disabilities in their daily living activities at home. The wireless sensor network is embedded into a more general home control and monitoring network, from which it can borrow remote communication and supervision facilities, enhancing versatility and reliability. A wearable sensor has been developed, capable of smart recognition of abnormal gait and falls. Effective algorithms have been devised, to make the device suitable for low-power hardware implementation. After initial prototyping phases (based on microcontrollers and FPGA) VLSI synthesis has been carried out, to estimate actual silicon area and power consumption. Then, extensions of the approach have been foreseen, accounting for multiple sensor management. An example of a low cost embedded heartbeat monitor is discussed.

A Wireless Sensor Platform for Assistive Technology Applications / Valentina BIANCHI; Ferdinando GROSSI; Guido MATRELLA; Ilaria DE MUNARI; Paolo CIAMPOLINI. - (2008), pp. 809-816. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 11th EUROMICRO CONFERENCE on DIGITAL SYSTEM DESIGN Architectures, Methods and Tools tenutosi a Parma, Italy nel September 03-September 05.

A Wireless Sensor Platform for Assistive Technology Applications

BIANCHI, Valentina;GROSSI, Ferdinando;MATRELLA, Guido;DE MUNARI, Ilaria;CIAMPOLINI, Paolo
2008

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Abstract: In this paper, the development of a prototypal wireless sensor platform is described, aimed at assisting elderly people and people with disabilities in their daily living activities at home. The wireless sensor network is embedded into a more general home control and monitoring network, from which it can borrow remote communication and supervision facilities, enhancing versatility and reliability. A wearable sensor has been developed, capable of smart recognition of abnormal gait and falls. Effective algorithms have been devised, to make the device suitable for low-power hardware implementation. After initial prototyping phases (based on microcontrollers and FPGA) VLSI synthesis has been carried out, to estimate actual silicon area and power consumption. Then, extensions of the approach have been foreseen, accounting for multiple sensor management. An example of a low cost embedded heartbeat monitor is discussed.
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