Multi-sensory environmental stimulation for users with multiple disabilities

Manresa-Yee, Cristina and Morrison, Ann and Muntaner, Joan Jordi and Roig-Maimo, Maria Francesca (2017) Multi-sensory environmental stimulation for users with multiple disabilities. In: Recent advances in technologies for inclusive well-being: from worn to off-body sensing, virtual worlds, and games for serious applications. Intelligent Systems Reference Library, 119. Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, pp. 165-182. ISBN 978-3-319-49877-5


Multi-sensory environments can improve and maximize the well-being of individuals with multiple disabilities, that is, individuals who have more than one significant disability (one of which is a cognitive impairment). In this chapter we present a multi-sensory environmental stimulation system that combines different technologies such as computer vision and tactile cues in the form of vibrations. The system offers users control over the environmental stimulation by responding to their body movements. A vision-based interface detects the user’s hand position and activates meaningful and motivational outcomes when the hand is positioned over specific regions. Further, we extended the system by including a wearable vibrotactile interface that encourages users to move their arms by using vibrations that exploit the saltation perceptual illusion known for inducing movement.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab (7 Jul 2016 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab (7 Jul 2016 -)
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 01:56
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: interactive environment; multi-sensory environmental stimulation; multiple disabilities; saltation; vibrotactile interfaces; vision-based interfaces; well-being
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
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