Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCmpE)
Computer Science & Computer Engineering
James P. Parkerson
Second Committee Member
Craig W. Thompson
Paralysis and motor-impairments can greatly reduce the autonomy and quality of life of a patient while presenting a major recurring cost in home-healthcare. Augmented with a non-invasive wearable sensor system and home-automation equipment, the patient can regain a level of autonomy at a fraction of the cost of home nurses. A system which utilizes sensor fusion, low-power digital components, and smartphone cellular capabilities can extend the usefulness of such a system to allow greater adaptivity for patients with various needs. This thesis develops such a system as a Bluetooth enabled glove device which communicates with a remote web server to control smart-devices within the home. The power consumption of the system is considered as a major component to allow the system to operate while requiring little maintenance, allowing for greater patient autonomy. The system is evaluated in terms of power consumption and accuracy to prove its viability as a home accessibility tool.
Nelson, Alexander Hugh, "Gesture Based Home Automation for the Physically Disabled" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 720.