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ThinkMind // UBICOMM 2012, The Sixth International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies // View article ubicomm_2012_7_20_10148


MyVigi : An Android Application to Detect Fall and Wandering

Authors:
Bruno Stanislas Beauvais
Vincent Rialle
Juliette Sablier

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; fall; wandering; telemedecine; cellular phone

Abstract:
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 35.6 million people live with dementia through out the world. These people, who often live at home, are exposed to the risk of wandering and falling. The use of a discreet monitoring device such as a smart-phone could assist them, increase their mobility and decrease the stress level of the caregivers. The objective is to implement a mobile wearable tool aimed at detecting the wanderings and falls of people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment living at home. The tool must be easy-to-use, cost effective and ethically acceptable by patients at risk and their caregivers. The selected supportive hardware is an Android based smart phone selected for its high performance and durability, worldwide availability, and low cost. The software design method is based on a participative design approach involving disabled persons, family caregivers, and health professionals. The client application uses a three-axial accelerometer embedded in the smart phone to detect falls. The smart phone is also able to detect wandering using a global positioning system. In case of alert, caregivers are automatically contacted by phone call, SMS and mail. A web site also provides them with a map of the localization in real-time. This work-in-progress paper presents the method and the technological implementation of the MyVigi application.

Pages: 156 to 160

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2012

Publication date: September 23, 2012

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4278

ISBN: 978-1-61208-236-3

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: from September 23, 2012 to September 28, 2012

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