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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 898047, 9 pages
Research Article

Utilizing Smart Textiles-Enabled Sensorized Toy and Playful Interactions for Assessment of Psychomotor Development on Children

1School of Technology and Health, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 14152 Huddinge, Sweden
2School of Telecommunications Systems and Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Carretera Valencia Km 7, 28038 Madrid, Spain
3Faculty of Care Science, Work Life and Social Welfare, University of Borås, 50190 Borås, Sweden
4Saturday Light Fever AB, 50437 Borås, Sweden

Received 9 January 2015; Accepted 16 April 2015

Academic Editor: Alain Pauly

Copyright © 2015 Mario Vega-Barbas 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.


Emerging pervasive technologies like smart textiles make it possible to develop new and more accessible healthcare services for patients independently of their location or time. However, none of these new e-health solutions guarantee a complete user acceptance, especially in cases requiring extensive interaction between the user and the solution. So far, researchers have focused their efforts on new interactions techniques to improve the perception of privacy and confidence of the people using e-health services. In this way, the use of smart everyday objects arises as an interesting approach to facilitate the required interaction and increase user acceptance. Such Smart Daily Objects together with smart textiles provide researchers with a novel way to introduce sophisticated sensor technology in the daily life of people. This work presents a sensorized smart toy for assessment of psychomotor development in early childhood. The aim of this work is to design, develop, and evaluate the usability and playfulness of a smart textile-enabled sensorized toy that facilitates the user engagement in a personalized monitoring healthcare activity. To achieve this objective the monitoring is based on a smart textile sensorized toy as catalyzer of acceptance and multimodal sensing sources to monitor psychomotor development activities during playtime.