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Home automation and ICT solutions applied to furniture to facilitate use and assist people with reduced autonomy

M. Devilleger
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A. Fortin
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T. Maitre
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Laurent Billonnet
E. Desbordes
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Jean-Michel Dumas
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B. Fayette
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M. Denis-Gay
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The increasing importance of aging at home opens new perspectives to technicians who are able to propose and implement adapted technical solutions which compensate the handicaps and delay the loss of autonomy. In this regional background, the Limousin's Chamber of Craft Trades has created the Innovation Pole for health, autonomy and trades (CNISAM). The CNISAM is an Innovation Pole (a label granted by the French government). It aims to be a resource centre capable of identifying solutions adapted to the needs of small enterprises, and of coaching them in their development process through technologies and innovation. The CNISAM helps the craftsmen to integrate sanitary, social and statutory environmental aspects in their professional practices, especially in the design of housing environment and installation of home automation equipments. One of its roles is also to work on the design of adaptable and intelligent assistive furniture through the use of ICT and home automation technologies. In this frame, three furniture projects are under consideration: a "smart" bedside table, a bed for child under three years suitable for parents with disabilities, and a closet/dressing increased with home automation functionalities. Both physical disabilities and their potential evolutions are considered. This furniture is meant to be prototypes which will inspire designers and carpenters in making furniture for people with disabilities. In addition, this furniture is designed for the public market and must not be based on the furniture that can be found in professional health institutes. As an example, the first project deals with the design of a bedside table which purpose is to make life easier for disabled people during the night. Compared to a conventional bedside table, the prototype will integrate a backlight that will illuminate the night table at the touch of the user to help him locate things on the table (water bottle, glasses...) during the night. The prototype will also be able to communicate with different equipments (roller shutters, heating, lighting, light paths...). The objective is to improve availability of equipments and ease of use. A color code will be used to differentiate the drawers and help people suffering from cognitive disorders or vision problems. The bottom drawer is accessible for wheelchair users through a system of enhanced raised drawer. An integrated automated pillbox will guide the user in taking his medications and treatments.
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hal-00648658 , version 1 (06-12-2011)


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M. Devilleger, A. Fortin, T. Maitre, Laurent Billonnet, E. Desbordes, et al.. Home automation and ICT solutions applied to furniture to facilitate use and assist people with reduced autonomy. Med-e-tel 2011, The International eHealth, Telemedecine and Health ICT Forum For Education, Networking and Business, Apr 2011, Luxembourg, Luxembourg. pp. 99-96. ⟨hal-00648658⟩


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