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This study was a part of a larger study exploring the impact of assistive technology on the lives of young people living with dementia (YPD). This paper focuses on one of the most useful devices, the simple remote control (SRC). The objective was to explore the reason why the SRC is significant and beneficial in the everyday lives of YPD and their caregivers.
This qualitative longitudinal study had a participatory design. Eight participants received an SRC. The range for using it was 0–15 months. In-depth interviews and observations were conducted at baseline and repeated every third month up to 18 months. A situated learning approach was used in the analysis to provide a deeper understanding of the significance and use of SRC.
Young people having dementia spend a substantial amount of time alone. Watching television was reported to be important, but handling remote controls was challenging and created a variety of problems. YPD learned to use SRC, which made important differences in the everyday lives of all family members. Comprehensive support from caregivers and professionals was important for YPD in the learning process.
The SRC was deemed a success because it solved challenges regarding the use of television in everyday lives of families. The design was recognizable and user-friendly, thus allowing YPD to learn its operation. Access to professional support and advice regarding assistive technology is vital for establishing a system for follow-up and continued collaboration to make future adaptations and adjustments.
The development of a remotely operated scanning electron microscopy (SEM) system and its use by high school students and the public as an outreach program are reported. The SEM and the server are located in the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan, with client computers installed at a science museum and high schools. Using a secure virtual private network system and scheduling/management groupware, observation of SEM images and energy dispersive X-ray analysis are widely and frequently performed throughout Japan.
If one operator in a remote operating room can operate 4 ∼ 5 cranes remotely, which are yard cranes for container loading/unloading in a port container terminal, the port loading/unloading efficiency will dramatically be improved through productivity increase, cost reduction, and so on. This study presents a remote crane control system for container loading/unloading yard cranes of port container terminals. First, a wireless web-based video and audio transmission system to transmit the images and the sounds of a craneyard is designed by using 3 web cameras and a microphone. Next, a TCP/IP-based remote crane control system is presented on the basis of the delay performance simulations of TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) for real-time remote control. The simulation results show that TCP is more advantageous for remote crane control on a local network.
Les espaces de visualisation immersive se développent dans de nombreux secteurs de la recherche et de l'industrie où ils s'intègrent de plus en plus dans les chaînes de décision, de développement ou de production. Se pose alors la question délicate de l'utilisation optimale des applications logicielles dans ces environnements. Dans cette étude, nous définirons tout d'abord une séance de travail immersive et ses contraintes en termes d'interaction. Nous passerons ensuite en revue les nombreuses solutions matérielles et logicielles déjà proposées pour repousser les limites du modèle du clavier et de la souris. Puis, à partir d'une synthèse des besoins industriels de commande des applications, nous proposerons d'imiter un modèle d'interacteur très usuel qui a fait ses preuves en utilisation domestique : la télécommande. Nous présenterons enfin le prototype que nous avons implémenté sur la base d'un assistant personnel numérique de type PocketPC connecté à un réseau radio sans fil et la bibliothèque de classes C++ associée qui permet de l'utiliser très rapidement dans n'importe quelle application.
In this paper, development and implementation are presented of a client software package for remote process control. The proposed software is based on a client-server model under an Intranet architecture. The architecture is proposed for a telecontrol system of a real process, which includes the possibility of integrating I/O devices with data networks based on open protocols such as TCP/IP. This protocol allows the implementation of control systems using a low-cost alternative. Also, the Smith predictor is revised for remote control applications over an Ethernet network. Some experiences on a laboratory pasteurization plant are addressed to show both developed controllers and architecture performance.