IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Magazine - October 2020 - 6

Smart CushionBased Activity
Recognition
Prompting Users to Maintain a Healthy Seated Posture
by Congcong Ma, Wenfeng Li, Raffaele Gravina,
Juan Du, Qimeng Li, and Giancarlo Fortino

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n the emerging wearable world, a plethora of smart devices are being designed to
facilitate our daily life. More activities,
such as student learning, desk office
work, or driving are requiring human
beings to spend a significant portion of their
daily life sitting on a chair. As a result, there is
increasing interest in the development of technologies that monitor and suppor t seated
users. The most iconic examples of this are the
smart chair and the smart cushion. To prompt
users to maintain healthy sitting posture and
to encourage them to have a short break after
prolonged sitting, several studies focus on the
detection, monitoring, and analysis of sitting
postures. The smart cushion, in particular, is a
very promising device in this context because
it is noninvasive and can be conveniently
deployed on the seat or backrest, making an
ordinary chair, sofa, or even a car seat suddenly smart. This article reviews our previous research studies and the results related
to sitting posture recognition using the smart
cushion. We will show that very diversified
applications can be enabled, spanning medical
applications (e.g., back pain or pressure ulcers
avoidance) and even human communication
(body language detection).

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