Development of a smart sleeve control mechanism for active assisted living

Alexander Liu Cheng, Caio Santos, Pedro Santos, Nestor Llorca Vega

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This paper describes the development of a Smart Sleeve control mechanism for Active Assisted Living. The Smart Sleeve is a physically worn sleeve that extends the user's control capability within his/her intelligent built-environment by enabling (1) direct actuation and/or (2) teleoperation via a virtual interface. With respect to the first, the user may point his/her sleeve-wearing arm towards a door or a window and actuate an opening or a shutting; or towards a light and effect its turning on and off as well as regulating its intensity; or even towards a particular region to initiate ventilation of it. With respect to the second, the user may engage actuations in systems beyond his/her field of vision by interacting with a virtual representation of the intelligent built-environment projected on any screen or surface. For example, the user is able to shut the kitchen's door from his/her bedroom by extending the Smart Sleeve towards the door of a virtual representation of the kitchen projected (via a standard projector and/or television monitor) on the bedroom's wall. In both cases, the Smart Sleeve recognizes the object which the user wishes to engage with-whether in the real or the virtual worlds-(a) by detecting the orientation of the extended arm via an Accelerometer / Gyroscope / Magnetometer sensor; and (b) by detecting a specific forearm muscle contraction via Electromyography caused by the closing and opening of the fist, which serves to select the object. Once the object is identified and selected with said muscle contraction, subsequent arm gestures effect a variety of possible actuations for a given object (e.g., a window may be opened / shut or dragged to differing degrees or aperture; a light's intensity may be increased or decreased, etc.). In cases of ambiguous selections, the user my use voice-commands to explicitly identify the desired object of selection. Furthermore, due to this voice-based recognition mechanism, which recognizes both spoken commands as well the identity of the speakers, different rights to actuation may be assigned to different users. The Smart Sleeve is yet another mechanism integrated into an on-going development of a highly intuitive Active and Assisted Living implementation and its features, ones explicitly designed to enhance user-experience as well as to promote user well-being via intuitive interactions between human and non-human agents within the intelligent built-environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4980-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 15 Apr 201918 Apr 2019


Conference2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)

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  • Design-To-Robotic-Operation
  • Intelligent Built-environments
  • Remote Control
  • Teleoperation
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks


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