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Link of the week - UBICOMP for a persuasive lunch tray

Is your child a fussy eater? Why not try UBICOMP’s Persuasive Lunch Tray?
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Does your toddler take too long over meals?

Do you ever forget where you left your phone, glasses, wallet, keys…?

Could your diet be better balanced?

Fear not! Ubiquitous computing is here.

Researchers at National Taiwan University’s UBICOMP lab are working to develop pervasive computing technologies that can not only detect and track your behavior, but can also help modify it.

UBICOMP researchers are interested in projects that embed computing, networking and sensing capabilities into everyday objects, creating “smart” objects that exhibit intelligent interaction with humans. They are working on a number of such devices:

Playful Toothbrush

One for the kids, the Playful Toothbrush assists parents in motivating young children to properly brush their teeth. The UBICOMP system includes a vision-based motion tracker that recognizes different tooth brushing motions, and a game in which children clean virtual teeth by physically brushing their own teeth.

Persuasive Lunch Tray

Similar principals are behind the Persuasive Lunch Tray, which combats the problem of fussy eating. Combining weight sensors, an LCD display and occupational therapy principals, the Persuasive Lunch Tray encourages diverse eating by engaging the child in an interactive coloring game: a different color for each food type.

Diet-aware Dining Table

Need a little help maintaining a healthy diet? The Diet-aware Dining Table is augmented with weight sensors and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) sensors that can recognize multiple, concurrent person-object interactions occurring on the table. The goal is to provide users with information about their eating patterns, and therefore help them develop sensible and healthy eating habits.

Get smart-er

Do you have trouble keeping track of your belongings? You need an Object Location Tracker, which automatically tracks the whereabouts of important objects.

Or maybe you lose track of yourself? Try some “smart” Geta sandals. These self-localizing sandals allow the position of the wearer to be calculated and tracked. The sandals work by measuring and tracking displacement vectors.

The UBICOMP team are also working on Privacy Cameras, which protect the privacy of passers-by in public spaces, and a sensor-assisted Wi-Fi indoor location system, intended to help improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of Wi-Fi systems.

Each of these projects is designed to demonstrate the way in which future computing technologies can “seamlessly” blend into everyday activities.


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