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Using the human body field as a medium for natural interaction

: Braun, Andreas; Hamisu, Pascal


Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-:
2nd ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2009. CD-ROM : June 9-13, 2009, Corfu, Greece
New York: ACM, 2009
7 pp.
International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) <2, 2009, Corfu>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
human centered computing; interaction technique; interaction style; sensor network

In this paper we present a novel technique for integration in assistive environments, using capacitive proximity sensing to detect the presence of a human body, thus creating a medium for natural, deliberate or unaware interaction. As the world's population ages, we witness a growing number of health-related issues and the need to simplify interaction with technologies that are getting ever more complex. We present implementation of hardware and software prototypes of this versatile and cheap technology that can be easily and unobtrusively integrated into ambient assisted living environments.