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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 651471, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/651471
Research Article

TV-Based Caring Videophone System for the Elderly in the Smart Home Environment

College of Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China

Received 5 March 2013; Revised 20 May 2013; Accepted 29 May 2013

Academic Editor: Yong Fu

Copyright © 2013 Jingshuang Shen 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

A novel videophone system for the elderly-care application is proposed. Based on the detailed analysis of the elderly’s physical and psychological characteristics, a TV-based caring videophone system for the elderly is developed: an embedded multimedia device is designed to implement the interactive video and audio processing and IP-based communication, in which TV is adopted as the display terminal to achieve a low-cost but high-quality service. Considering the user’s convenience, many personalized designs, such as photo-based address book, photo-click-dialing, and touch pad based remote controller, are developed to make the proposed videophone system more intuitive and easy to use for the elderly. Based on Support Vector Machine (SVM) algorithms, an evaluation model is also developed with the data collected from the embedded multimedia device. It is useful to evaluate the physical and psychological health of the elderly.