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Talis - a design study for a wearable device to assist people with depression

: Siegmund, Dirk; Hörr, Oliver; Chiesa, Laura; Gabler, Frank; Braun, Andreas; Kuijper, Arjan

Postprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-4670863 (7.1 MByte PDF)
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Created on: 26.9.2017

Reisman, Sorel (Ed.) ; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Computer Society:
IEEE 41st Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference Workshops, COMPSACW 2017. Proceedings : 4-8 July 2017, Torino, Italy
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS), 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5386-0367-3
ISSN: 0730-3157
Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) <41, 2017, Torino>
International Workshop on User Centered Design and Adaptive Systems (UCDAS) <4, 2017, Torino>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IGD ()
wearable computing; emotion recognition; interaction design; E-health; CRISP; Guiding Theme: Individual Health; Research Area: Human computer interaction (HCI)

One of the major diseases affecting the global population, depression has a strong emotional impact on its sufferers. In this design study, "Talis" is presented as a wearable device which uses emotion recognition as an interface between patient and machine to support psychotherapeutic treatment. We combine two therapy methods, "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" and "Well- Being Therapy", with interactive methods thought to increase their practical application potential. In this study, we draw on the results obtained in the area of "affective computing" for the use of emotions in empathic devices. The positive and negative phases experienced by the patient are identified through speech recognition and used for direct communication and later evaluation. After considering the design possibilities and suitable hardware, the future realization of such technology appears feasible. In order to design the wearable, user studies and technical experiments were carried out. The results of these suggest that the device could be beneficial for the treatment of patients with depression.