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In this paper we propose the design and development of a flexible smart home architecture using a peer-to-peer (P2P) approach. We specifically focus on two distinct aspects of this proposed architecture. First, we analyze how the different home devices and services can be represented as individual peers in order to have a decentralized system, which is(More)
The provisioning of ambient media in the user’s environment requires that a system handles the different aspects related to the media selection process. For example, ambient media is delivered to the user depending on their context and hence, the system needs to dynamically determine the context and provide media that are relevant therein. To set the(More)
TheAmigo Interoperability Framework providesmiddlewarelayermechanisms that enable integratingheterogeneous networked devices and services. It includes a service discovery and interaction interoperability architecture and a domotic architecture, which have been tested in combination in a proof-of-concept prototype.
In the vision of ubiquitous computing environment described by Weiser (1991)the environment is populated by smart devices which adapt depending on the user context in order to meet the userpsilas needs and look after them. But we are still a long way from this vision because the current devices describe their functionalities in a very simple manner, not in(More)
BACKGROUND The Sustainably Managing Environmental Health Risk in Ecuador project was launched in 2004 as a partnership linking a large Canadian university with leading Cuban and Mexican institutes to strengthen the capacities of four Ecuadorian universities for leading community-based learning and research in areas as diverse as pesticide poisoning, dengue(More)
Ambient systems are populated by autonomous devices interconnected to one another that supply a variety of functionality that is eventually used by the users. One of the biggest challenges in this research area is to establish automatic mechanisms to compose, in a dynamic way, services on demand. The objective of the composition is to satisfy user needs(More)
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) aims to enhance quality of life of elder and impaired people. Thanks to the advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and medical technologies, it is now possible to support new home healthcare services to improve their quality of life. In particular, Near Field Communication Technology (NFC) seems to play an(More)
In this paper, we propose a motion-path based gesture recognition technique and show its application in a smart home environment. Users hand gestures are recognized by capturing the motion-path while they draw different symbols in the air. In order to capture the motion-path, we use infra-red camera's IR sensing capability. The IR camera tracks the(More)
In the vision of pervasive computing environments, these are populated by smart devices which adapt depending on the user context in order to meet the user needs and look after them. Nevertheless, current devices describe their functionalities in a very simple manner (not in an expressive way) and therefore, it is difficult to automate the behaviour of the(More)