Activity-oriented design of Health Pal: A smart phone for elders' healthcare support

John K. Zao, Shih-Chen Fan, Ming-Hui Wen, Chun-Tang Hsut, Chung-Hoo Hung, Shang-Hwa Hsu, Ming-Chuen Chuang

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Wireless telephones and personal digital assistants are emerging, as the information hubs connect their human users with assorted electronic devices and the World Wide Web. As such, they quickly become the de facto basis for personalized information services. The Kannon project team at the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan is developing a ubiquitous service infrastructure for elders' healthcare support. Among their deliverables, there is a PDA Phone, christened Health Pal, which can communicate with Bluetooth/ZigBee devices, universal plug-and-play (UPnP) e-home service platforms, and online healthcare providers to offer 24/7 healthcare services to elderly people. This paper presents the early results of this effort including the functional and operational concepts of Health Pal as well as the activity-oriented approach of its design. Preliminary results of its usefulness and usability evaluations are reported. A comparison of this platform against several similar prototypes was also included to illustrate the advantage of applying activity-oriented design approach to human-computer interactions. Copyright (C) 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Article number582194
JournalEurasip Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
StatePublished - 2008


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