Empowering Adults With a Cognitive Disability Through Inclusion of Non-Linear Context Aware Prompting Technology (N-CAPS)By Melonis, Michael G.; Mihailidis, Alex; Keyfitz, Ryan; Grzes, Marek; Hoey, Jesse; Bodine, Cathy; RESNA Annual Conference - 2012,
Publication Date: June 30 - July 2, 2012
Paper outlines the development of a non-linear context aware prompting technology (N-CAPS), a system incorporating context aware prompting technologies into the work environment of adults with cognitive disabilities. Context aware prompting technologies are defined as technologies that integrate task prompting systems and environmental sensors into a single solution. The task prompting systems provide instructional aids similar to those of a job coach and task sequence support which identifies the next actions that must be performed on the worksite. Meanwhile, the environmental sensors provide contextual awareness, for example by indicating whether a sequence was actually performed or identifying a widget placed in the wrong location. An N-CAPS solution described was developed for a workplace that assembles Chocolate Crisis First Aid Kits sold in gift shops around the world. Assembly tasks include the placement of two bottles of chocolates and two boxes of candy bars in a case that resembles a first aid kit and moving the finished case to a shipment container. The components of the N-CAPS solution are categorized into Data Presentation, Data Assimilation, and Data Collection layers. The system interacts with workers through an interactive touchscreen computer, providing task prompts through pictures and video. The Data Assimilation layer aggregates the sensor events into observations, prioritizing the events and determining the next course of action via two functional systems, Vision Tracking and Decision Making. The timing and type of prompting to take place is determined based on observations from Vision Tracking. Directions for the further development of context aware prompting technologies to aid workers with cognitive disabilities are discussed.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Web Site: http://www.resna.org )
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