2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers

11-14 Oct. 2006

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  • Tenth IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers

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  • Table of contents

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  • Message from the General Chair

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  • The Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems

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  • Towards Less Supervision in Activity Recognition from Wearable Sensors

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):3 - 10
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    Activity Recognition has gained a lot of interest in recent years due to its potential and usefulness for context-aware wearable computing. However, most approaches for activity recognition rely on supervised learning techniques lim iting their applicability in real-world scenarios and their scalability to large amounts of activities and training data. State-of-the-art activity recognition algorit... View full abstract»

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  • Discovering Characteristic Actions from On-Body Sensor Data

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):11 - 18
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    We present an approach to activity discovery, the unsupervised identification and modeling of human actions embedded in a larger sensor stream. Activity discovery can be seen as the inverse of the activity recognition problem. Rather than learn models from hand-labeled sequences, we attempt to discover motifs, sets of similar subsequences within the raw sensor stream, without the benefit of labels... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluation of an Eyes-Free Cursorless Numeric Entry System for Wearable Computers

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):21 - 28
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    We report on the results of a user study to investigate the utility of passive haptics for eyes-free numeric entry. This work targets cursorless user interfaces designed for use with a watch-sized wrist-worn computer. Our study compared three approaches for selecting one of a set of eight numeric parameters and entering its value, both with and without visual feedback. The three selection methods ... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluation of Four Wearable Computer Pointing Devices for Drag and Drop Tasks when Stationary and Walking

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):29 - 36
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    This paper presents the results of two experiments comparing four commercially available pointing devices performing drag and drop tasks for use with wearable computers. The pointing devices evaluated consist of a Trackball, Touchpad, Gyroscopic mouse and Twiddler2 mouse. The studies involved 24 participants performing drag and drop tasks with the pointing devices while wearing a wearable computer... View full abstract»

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  • Using the "HotWire" to Study Interruptions in Wearable Computing Primary Tasks

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):37 - 44
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    As users of wearable computers are often involved in real-world tasks of critical nature, the management and handling of interruptions is crucial for efficient interaction and task performance. We present a study about the impact that different methods for interruption have on those users, to determine how interruptions should be handled. The study is performed using an apparatus called "HotWire" ... View full abstract»

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  • A 10mW Wearable Positioning System

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):47 - 50
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    In this paper we present a wearable positioning system that requires less than 10 mW to operate. The system consists of an infrastructure of ultrasonic transmitting devices, and a receiver device on the wearable. The receiver comprises an ultrasonic pick-up, an op-amp, and a PIC. The PIC implements a particle filter for estimating X and Y positions, which is robust in an environment with limited p... View full abstract»

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  • Modelling and Handling Seams in Wide-Area Sensor Networks

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):51 - 54
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    The fields of wearable computing, augmented reality and ubiquitous computing are in principle highly convergent, as they all promise a Utopian future in which the devices embedded in the environment, our bodies and our clothes will have reached a level integration such that we can intuitively perceive and interact with our environment. However, the reality as practised in research labs and limited... View full abstract»

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  • User Localization Using Wearable Electromagnetic Tracker and Orientation Sensor

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):55 - 58
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    This paper describes a localization method with wearable electromagnetic sensor and orientation sensor for wearable computer users. Many user localization methods have been investigated to realize location-based services in a wide environment. The localization methods usually employ a hybrid approach in which user's position is estimated by using positioning infrastructures and dead reckoning such... View full abstract»

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  • Augmenting spatial awareness with Haptic Radar

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):61 - 64
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    We are developing a modular electronic device to allow users to perceive and respond simultaneously to multiple spatial information sources using haptic stimulus. Each module of this wearable "haptic radar" acts as an artificial hair capable of sensing obstacles, measuring their range and transducing this information as a vibro-tactile cue on the skin directly beneath the module. Our first prototy... View full abstract»

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  • Design and Evaluation of a Wearable Optical Sensor for Monitoring Seated Spinal Posture

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):65 - 68
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    This work describes the development and evaluation of a wearable plastic optical fiber (POF) sensor for monitoring seated spinal posture. A garment-integrated POF sensor was developed and tested on nine healthy subjects, and its performance compared to data taken simultaneously from a marker-based motion capture system. Sensor performance correlated strongly with motion-capture data with an averag... View full abstract»

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  • Textile Pressure Sensor for Muscle Activity and Motion Detection

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):69 - 72
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    This paper presents a pure textile, capacitive pressure sensor designed for integration into clothing to measure pressure on human body. The applications fields cover all domains where a soft and bendable sensor with a high local resolution is needed, e.g. in rehabilitation, pressure-sore prevention or motion detection due to muscle activities. We developed several textile sensors with spatial res... View full abstract»

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  • Assessing the Wearability of Wearable Computers

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):75 - 82
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    In terms of mounting a computer on the body, the computer's weight, size, shape, placement and method of attachment can elicit a number of effects. Inappropriate design may mean that the wearer is unable to perform specific tasks or achieve goals. Excessive stress on the body may result in perceptions of discomfort, which may in turn affect task performance, but ultimately raises issues of health ... View full abstract»

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  • A Construction Kit for Electronic Textiles

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):83 - 90
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    Construction kits have long been popular as educational artifacts, supporting and encouraging creative explorations of engineering and design; but to date, such kits have had little connection with the new and expanding field of electronic textiles (e-textiles). We believe that creating an "e-textile construction kit" could provide a powerful new medium to engage a diverse range of students in ele... View full abstract»

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  • Managing Smart Garments

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):91 - 94
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    Ease of maintenance and management of smart garments (garments with integrated electronics) is crucial to their user acceptability and commercial viability. This paper presents a system that addresses user needs of easy garment charging, storage, and synchronization. The HBar smart hanger system is a novel system consisting of a set of augmented garments and coat hangers to fulfil the requirements... View full abstract»

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  • Combining Motion Sensors and Ultrasonic Hands Tracking for Continuous Activity Recognition in a Maintenance Scenario

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):97 - 104
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    We present a novel method for continuous activity recognition based on ultrasonic hand tracking and motion sensors attached to the user's arms. It builds on previous work in which we have shown such a sensor combination to be effective for isolated recognition in manually segmented data. We describe the hand tracking based segmentation, show how classification is done on both the ultrasonic and th... View full abstract»

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