Multi-sensory Environmental Stimulation for Users with Multiple Disabilities

Cristina Manresa-Yee, Ann Judith Morrison, Joan Jordi Muntaner, Maria Francesca Roig-Maimó

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Multi-sensory environments can improve and maximize the well-being of individuals with multiple disabilities, that is, individuals who have more than one significant disability (one of which is a cognitive impairment). In this chapter we present a multi-sensory environmental stimulation system that combines different technologies such as computer vision and tactile cues in the form of vibrations. The system offers users control over the environmental stimulation by responding to their body movements. A vision-based interface detects the user’s hand position and activates meaningful and motivational outcomes when the hand is positioned over specific regions. Further, we extended the system by including a wearable vibrotactile interface that encourages users to move their arms by using vibrations that exploit the saltation perceptual illusion known for inducing movement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Technologies for Inclusive Well-Being : From Worn to Off-body Sensing, Virtual Worlds, and Games for Serious Applications
EditorsAnthony Lewis Brooks, Sheryl Brahnam, Bill Kapralos, Lakhmi C. Jain
Publication date2017
Pages165 - 182
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-49877-5
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-319-49879-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesIntelligent Systems Reference Library


  • Multi-sensory environmental stimulation;
  • interactive environment;
  • multiple disabilities;
  • well-being;
  • vision-based interfaces;
  • vibrotactile interfaces;
  • saltation

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