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What is Unobtrusive

Handbook of Research on Innovations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia
A characteristic of (in the context of this chapter) a device whereby the device, including any software, does not intrude unduly into the life of the user. An unobtrusive device will blend into the user’s life to the extent that the user is not aware of it. Alternately the device may be considered unobtrusive if it provides an alternate form and function that causes an unobtrusive acceptance of the device by the user.
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Unobtrusive Wearable Technology for Health Monitoring
James Amor (University of Warwick, UK) and Christopher James (University of Warwick, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8234-4.ch020
There are a number of situations in the context of health and wellness where it is desirable to monitor a user for a period of time – either for short term assessment or longer term monitoring. It is further desirable, especially for long term monitoring, that the device chosen to do so has a minimal impact on the user. This form of monitoring is unobtrusive monitoring and uses wearable technology to achieve its aims. This chapter presents an overview of unobtrusive monitoring using wearable devices, discusses some common device types and the data that are available and makes some recommendations for factors to consider when choosing or designing a device for unobtrusive monitoring.
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A Review of Interventions with Assistive Technologies for Patients with Cognitive Impairment
The unobtrusive character of the assistive intervention system's architecture is important, so as the architecture and the implemented system can produce reliable results while minimizing the intervening system's errors.
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