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We present a hand-and-foot-based multimodal interaction approach for handheld devices. Our method combines input modalities (i.e., hand and foot) and provides a coordinated output to both modalities along with audio and video. Human foot gesture is detected and tracked using contour-based template detection (CTD) and Tracking-Learning-Detection (TLD)(More)
There is an increasing interest in creating pervasive games based on emerging interaction technologies. In order to develop touch-less, interactive and augmented reality games on vision-based wearable device, a touch-less motion interaction technology is designed and evaluated in this work. Users interact with the augmented reality games with dynamic(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate whether chronic heart failure (HF) therapy guided by concentrations of amino-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is superior to standard of care (SOC) management. BACKGROUND It is unclear whether standard HF treatment plus a goal of reducing NT-proBNP concentrations improves outcomes(More)
Flooding is one of the severe environmental factors which impair growth and yield in soybean plant. To investigate the organ specific response mechanism of soybean under flooding stress, changes in protein species were analyzed using a proteomics approach. Two-day-old soybeans were subjected to flooding for 5 days. Proteins were extracted from root,(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure (HF) treatment guided by amino-terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) may reduce cardiovascular event rates compared to standard-of-care (SOC) management. Comprehensive understanding regarding effect of NT-proBNP guided care on patient-reported quality of life (QOL) remains unknown. METHODS One hundred fifty-one(More)
BACKGROUND Serial measurements of N-terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) provide prognostic information in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). Changes in NT-proBNP concentrations parallel prognosis; however, it remains unclear whether HF care with a goal to maximize medical therapy and also lower NT-proBNP concentrations is superior to(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to examine the patient-specific characteristics of the interleukin-1 receptor family member ST2 in patients with acute heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND ST2 signaling is involved in the process of cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy. METHODS In all, 346 patients with acute HF had ST2 measured. Associations between ST2(More)
The presence of potassium (K) in pollen, anthers and papillae from barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) flowers with different levels of developmental stages starting from boot stage to fully mature flower, was studied by using the K-sensitive fluorescent dye PBFI (potassium-binding benzofuran isophthalate) and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The presence of(More)