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Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 183610, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/183610
Research Article

Emotion-Aware Assistive System for Humanistic Care Based on the Orange Computing Concept

Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan

Received 10 February 2012; Accepted 12 April 2012

Academic Editor: Qiangfu Zhao

Copyright © 2012 Jhing-Fa Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Mental care has become crucial with the rapid growth of economy and technology. However, recent movements, such as green technologies, place more emphasis on environmental issues than on mental care. Therefore, this study presents an emerging technology called orange computing for mental care applications. Orange computing refers to health, happiness, and physiopsychological care computing, which focuses on designing algorithms and systems for enhancing body and mind balance. The representative color of orange computing originates from a harmonic fusion of passion, love, happiness, and warmth. A case study on a human-machine interactive and assistive system for emotion care was conducted in this study to demonstrate the concept of orange computing. The system can detect emotional states of users by analyzing their facial expressions, emotional speech, and laughter in a ubiquitous environment. In addition, the system can provide corresponding feedback to users according to the results. Experimental results show that the system can achieve an accurate audiovisual recognition rate of 81.8% on average, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of the system. Compared with traditional questionnaire-based approaches, the proposed system can offer real-time analysis of emotional status more efficiently.