SCU Leitwarte

SmartCareUnit Leitwarte – Subproject Proxemic Monitor

SCU Leitwarte is a joint research project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the SmartCareUnit ZIM-Network.

Duration: September 2014 – February 2017

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Smart Care Control Room for intensive care units

Project "Leitwarte" is focused on the development of solutions for an innovative control room on intensive care units with the following features:

  • OEM-independent exchange of medical device and laboratory data as well as data from the hospital IT (HIS)
  • Combination and fusion of heterogeneous data (measurement data, text, images, videos) from various sources
  • Intelligent alerting and decision support (including traffic light system)
  • Adaptive data visualization
  • Contact-free human-computer interaction
  • Secure documentation and archiving with data protection

Subproject Proxemic Monitor: contact-free controls for adaptive information presentation and interaction

Fraunhofer HHI is responsible for the subproject Proxemic Monitor. Based on the extensive experience of the Vision & Imaging Technologies department in the field of contact-free human-computer interaction and computer vision, a touchless control for user-adaptive image data visualization will be developed.

Proxemic Monitor objectives

  • Improve hygiene for an intensive care unit (ICU) master display.
  • Increasing usability/user experience
  • Adaptive information presentation and user interfaces depending on the user role and relation to the display (proxemic interaction).

Solution approach

  • Detection of a user and his position and orientation
  • Detection and interpretation of hand gestures
  • Implementation of a multimodal user interface (proximity, hand gestures, head gestures, voice controls, touch, mouse & keyboard)
  • Development of a suitable UI for contact-free interaction
  • Context aware, adaptive visualization of relevant data

Leitwarte project consortium

  • Cubeoffice GmbH
  • G.punkt medical services
  • Dr. Hornecker Softwareentwicklung und IT-Dienstleistungen
  • Yacoub Automation GmbH
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut
  • Universitätsklinik Aachen

Demonstration: Proxemic Bedside Monitor

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