EvAAL Competition on Indoor Localization and Tracking

universaal project

Today was the last day of the EvAAL Competition on Indoor Localization and Tracking at the CIAMI Living Lab in Valencia, Spain. This competition is part of the European project UniversAAL (UNIVERsal open platform and reference Specification for Ambient Assisted Living) in which the Life Supporting Technologies is involved. The aim of the porject accoording to its website is:

universAAL will produce an open platform that provides a standardized approach making it technically feasible and economically viable to develop AAL solutions. The platform will be produced by a mixture of new development and consolidation of state-of-the-art results from existing initiatives. We recognize that this not only poses technical challenges but also raises issues of adoption and uptake. So work on establishing and running a sustainable community will achieve attention right from the start, with promotion of existing results gradually evolving into promotion of the universAAL platform, as it develops into one consolidated, validated and standardized European open AAL platform.

The Informativo Territorial de la C. Valenciana published yesterday the new (from minute 14:00)

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Salud y tecnología en Redes (TVE)

Redes

“Amazing” capítulo de Redes con Eric Topol, director del Instiuto Scripps de Ciencia Traslacional, California “En lugar de enfermedades, cuidar la salud”

Aquí el capitulo completo. Algunos de los comentarios más destacados:

– la medicina se ha centrado sobre todo en el control de las enfermedades y no ha sido capaz de prevenirlas. Se debe fundamentalmente al hecho de que carecíamos de tecnología para hacerlo. Pero está cambiando …

– Aún no lo hemos visto, pero ahí están las primeras señales en genómica. Por ejemplo, muchos de los medicamentos que utilizamos habitualmente, las recetas médicas, la medicación, podemos adaptarlos al paciente y asegurarnos así de que funcionarán, podemos garantizar que no tendrán efectos secundarios graves, podemos asegurarnos de que se les da la dosis adecuada del fármaco apropiado y evitar así malgastar dichas medicinas así como los efectos secundarios graves.

– ahora se registra todo. Si quiero atender a un paciente que está hospitalizado, puedo mirar mi teléfono y ver cómo evoluciona en este preciso momento, en este preciso instante, un paciente concreto que está ingresado

– Bueno, tenemos mucho que hacer porque la medicina actual se practica a un nivel diferente, se practica tomando como referente la población general. [… ] Queremos una práctica médica individualizada. Se trata de un cambio que todavía no se ha dado. […] Así que hablamos de prevenir enfermedades en las personas mediante sensores, al conocer tu genómica… Es un cambio de vida pero necesitaremos tiempo hasta que se acepte universalmente.

– Es fabuloso, quiero decir, ha llegado el momento perfecto para hacer las cosas de otra manera en medicina porque, desde un punto de vista económico, estamos en una situación desesperada pero, desde el punto de vista tecnológico, es la época más extraordinaria que hemos vivido jamás.

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MobileHome

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MobileHome es un proyecto de Inteligencia Ambiental (AmI) para plataformas Android. Utilizando el GPS del teléfono móvil se puede configurar una casa con KNX para que se prepare para la llegada del usuario realizando diversas tareas: climatización, luces, ventanas, etc… para informar al usuario de todo lo que está pasando la casa tendrá una cuenta de twitter privada en la que irá twiteando todo lo que ocurre.

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Human-Computer interfaces

Human–computer interaction (HCI) is the study of interaction between people (users) and computers. It is often regarded as the intersection of computer science, behavioral sciences, design and several other fields of study. Interaction between users and computers occurs at the user interface (or simply interface), which includes both software and hardware; for example, characters or objects displayed by software on a personal computer’s monitor, input received from users via hardware peripherals such as keyboards and mice, and other user interactions with large-scale computerized systems such as aircraft and power plants.

Electromyography (EMG) is a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.

Electrooculography (EOG) is a technique for measuring the resting potential of the retina. Usually, pairs of electrodes are placed either above and below the eye or to the left and right of the eye. If the eye is moved from the center position towards one electrode, this electrode “sees” the positive side of the retina and the opposite electrode “sees” the negative side of the retina. Consequently, a potential difference occurs between the electrodes. Assuming that the resting potential is constant, the recorded potential is a measure for the eye position.

Video analysis

Brain-computer interfaces
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within the brain.[2] In clinical contexts, EEG refers to the recording of the brain’s spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time, usually 20–40 minutes, as recorded from multiple electrodes placed on the scalp.

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The eye writer

The Eyewriter from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

The EyeWriter is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes. In 2009, the GRL, openFrameworks, TEG and the FAT Lab collaborated with TEMPT One, legendary LA graf writer and ALS suffer to make the first prototype of the EyeWriter. Check out http://eyewriter.org for more information.

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