OBJECTIVE "Regional competitiveness and employment" OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME
CO-FINANCED BY THE F.E.S.R. - EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
AXIS 1 INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS
"Industrial research and experimental development services"
Project start date: 02/05/2011
RTI (Temporary Grouping of Companies):
Project End Date: 01/07/2013
Università di Pisa - Dipartimento di Ingegneria della Informazione: Elettronica, Informatica.
Laboratorio TD Group SpA.
Adaptive Natural Gesture hELp
The Project ICT - ANGEL is aimed to particularly disadvantaged people that, suffering from different gestural and motor skills, are not able to easily interact with the computer systems and have effective access to information technology increasing, therefore, their "digital divide". Different types of motor disabilities restrict the movements and gestures of individuals with consequent difficulties in the use of targeting systems usual, such as the mouse. Typically, the non- adequate extension movement of the arm or jitter or involuntary spasms producing trajectories that are not always "linear" and controlled, as required by the most commonly used control systems. For this reason, disability taken into account are those relating to the motor skills of the upper limbs, but with sufficient residual control of any part of the body, whose movement can be properly interpreted. The identification of these residual motor capacity is an important problem to be solved in the course of the R&D that will be addressed with the help of actors involved in the project, who have direct contact with this type of users and have developed skills specifications in the management of these diseases.
The project aims, therefore, to provide the disabled with an innovative system of "pointing" that allowing it to express itself spontaneously through their gestures, to be able to communicate with a common information system without bringing about changes to the software to interact with. In other words, the system ICT-ANGEL will act as an intermediary between the desire to control the disabled and its implementation on the computer system, without forcing the disabled to constrictive movements or decrease the generality, completeness and usability of applications software. The final system, to be used by the disabled person, will be initially configured on his specific needs and characteristics. Following configurations can be modified independently by the disabled person himself, to best suit his needs or to changes in the ability to control purposes.