Smart Cupboard for Assessing Memory in Home Environment



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González-Landero, Franks and García-Magariño García, Iván and Amariglio, Rebecca and Lacuesta, Raquel (2019) Smart Cupboard for Assessing Memory in Home Environment. Sensors, 19 (11). p. 2552. ISSN 1424-8220

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Sensor systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) make it possible to continuously monitor people, gathering information without any extra effort from them. Thus, the IoT can be very helpful in the context of early disease detection, which can improve peoples’ quality of life by applying the right treatment and measures at an early stage. This paper presents a new use of IoT sensor systems—we present a novel three-door smart cupboard that can measure the memory of a user, aiming at detecting potential memory losses. The smart cupboard has three sensors connected to a Raspberry Pi, whose aim is to detect which doors are opened. Inside of the Raspberry Pi, a Python script detects the openings of the doors, and classifies the events between attempts of finding something without success and the events of actually finding it, in order to measure the user’s memory concerning the objects’ locations (among the three compartments of the smart cupboard). The smart cupboard was assessed with 23 different users in a controlled environment. This smart cupboard was powered by an external battery. The memory assessments of the smart cupboard were compared with a validated test of memory assessment about face–name associations and a self-reported test about self-perceived memory. We found a significant correlation between the smart cupboard results and both memory measurement methods. Thus, we conclude that the proposed novel smart cupboard successfully measured memory.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:IoT; memory loss; e-healthcare; Alzheimer’s; door sensors
Subjects:Sciences > Computer science > Artificial intelligence
ID Code:67658
Deposited On:06 Sep 2021 14:51
Last Modified:06 Sep 2021 14:55

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