University of Granada (UGR) researchers have developed a system that uses artificial intelligence to help the elderly and people with special needs avoid forgetting to perform important tasks. The system uses sensors deployed throughout a person’s environment to monitor their actions, and mobile devices to remind them of important tasks. The UGR system is a prototype that helps control the activities of people with special needs, in a non-intrusive manner, while increasing their independence, says UGR’s Maria Ros Izquierdo. The UGR system recognizes the everyday actions of the user using radio frequency identification labels discreetly placed on objects the individual interacts with the most. When the person touches these objects, a signal is sent to a computer or mobile device in the house or in an assistance center. Artificial intelligence is used to analyze the activities of the people to compile a list of actions, such as taking the keys and cell phone before leaving the house. “It is not necessary to use cameras or microphones, and the devices which are used do not entail any technological complications for users, nor do they modify their daily routines,” Ros says. The researchers are testing the system using the Tagged World, an intelligent space that simulates the rooms of a house, with sensors embedded in the environment to help the system recognize the behavior of its residents.
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