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This paper deals with the development of a multiuser assistive system for the monitoring of elders and people with neurological pathologies (e.g. Alzheimer) during their staying in social care or health facilities. The system adopts wearable devices to monitor the dynamics of the users and a dedicated wireless network for communication. The wearable device(More)
The use of nonlinear architectures for energy harvesting can significantly improve the efficiency of the conversion mechanism, as respect to the use of linear devices, especially when the mechanical energy is distributed over a wide frequency bandwidth. This is the case of energy harvesting form wideband vibrations. In this paper, performances of a(More)
Membrane assembly of the C5b-9 proteins on gel-filtered human platelets has been shown to initiate the nonlytic release of alpha-granule contents and expression of membrane prothrombinase sites, suggesting cellular activation by these ostensibly cytolytic plasma proteins (Wiedmer, T., Esmon, C. T., and Sims, P. J. (1986) J. Biol. Chem. 261, 14587-14592). We(More)
The secretory and aggregation responses of stirred platelets exposed to complement proteins C5b-9 was investigated. C5b-9 assembly on the platelet surface resulted in the release of dense granule adenosine triphosphate (ATP) accompanied by a decrease in sample turbidity, but no detectable cell lysis. Inhibition of cellular protein kinase C completely(More)
The functional and conformational activation of cell surface glycoproteins IIb-IIIa (GPIIb-IIIa) was probed in platelets stimulated to secrete by complement proteins C5b-9. Gel-filtered human platelets exposed to the purified human C5b-9 proteins exhibited non-lytic secretory release of both alpha- and dense granule storage pools with only a small increase(More)
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  • IEEE transactions on neural systems and…
  • 2008
Visually impaired people are often discouraged in using electronic aids due to complexity of operation, large amount of training, nonoptimized degree of information provided to the user, and high cost. In this paper, a new multisensor architecture is discussed, which would help blind people to perform urban mobility tasks. The device is based on a(More)