The application of multiple modalities to improve home care and reminder systems

Warnock, David (2014) The application of multiple modalities to improve home care and reminder systems. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Existing home care technology tends to be pre-programmed systems limited to one or two interaction modalities. This can make them inaccessible to people with sensory impairments and unable to cope with a dynamic and heterogeneous environment such as the home. This thesis presents research that considers how home care technology can be improved through employing multiple visual, aural, tactile and even olfactory interaction methods. A wide range of modalities were tested to gather a better insight into their properties and merits. That information was used to design and construct Dyna-Cue, a prototype multimodal reminder system. Dyna-Cue was designed to use multiple modalities and to switch between them in real time to maintain higher levels of effectiveness and acceptability. The Dyna-Cue prototype was evaluated against other models of reminder delivery and was shown to be an effective and appropriate tool that can help people to manage their time and activities.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: The work presented in this thesis was funded by the EPSRC (Grant EP/G069387/1)
Keywords: Home care, multimodal interaction, reminders, reminder technology, interruptions, olfactory interaction, Dyna-Cue
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Supervisor's Name: Stephen, Professor Brewster
Date of Award: 2014
Depositing User: Dr David Warnock
Unique ID: glathesis:2014-5164
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2015 08:34
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2015 08:37

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