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27 TOWARDS A SMART LIVING ENVIRONMENT Happy Healthy Living with Ambient Intelligence and Technology ELLEN YI LUEN DO Georgia Institute of Technology USA keywords ambient intelligence ubiquitous computing happy healthy smart living 1 ACHIEVING WELLNESS THROUGH TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION Achieving wellness is a Grand Challenge We are concerned about the quality of life for ourselves and for our society As human beings we want to develop and cultivate our untapped potential for a happy healthy creative and fulfilling life Technological innovation may be just the key to unlock human potential for the Holy Grail of wellness Wellness has multiple dimensions physical emotional occupational social intellectual and spiritual Hettler 1976 Below we briefly describe interesting design computing projects employing technological innovations to contribute toward a smart living environment for wellness 2 CREATIVE DESIGN COMPUTING FOR HEALTH AWARENESS ENTERTAINMENT Living well at home is a concern for people of all ages Children with asthma enjoy playing outdoors as much as others With the Pervasive Remote Asthma Monitoring Chhabra 2007 added to a cell phone or a cute animal pendant worn on their necks children s coughing and wheezing can be recorded processed through digital signal processing sent through the network and incorporated into patients electronic medical records and alert caregivers remotely Figure 1 left T Tidafi and T Dorta eds Joining Languages Cultures and Visions CAADFutures 2009 pum 2009 28 E Y L DO figure 1 left pervasive asthma monitoring for children right patient interactive communication learning system Being sick is no fun While confined in a hospital bed a patient may feel overwhelmed and alone The Patient Interactive Communication and Learning System PILS simplifies the patient s hospital communication experience by combining communication tools into one easy to use system mounted on the patient bed Figure 1 right to connect to nurse s video phone family



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