Enhancing accessibility through speech technologies on AAL telemedicine services for iTV

Héctor Delgado*, Aitor Rodriguez-Alsina, Antoni Gurguí, Enric Martí, Javier Serrano, Jordi Carrabina

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Ambient Assisted Living Technologies are providing sustainable and affordable solutions for the independent living of senior citizens. In this scenario, telemedicine systems enhance distance patient's health care through interactive audiovisual media at home. Today TV is becoming the main connected device at home. However, Interactive TV applications must be fully adapted, particularly to the available input device: the Remote Control (RC). Despite this adaptation, some tasks are still uncomfortable due to the RC limitations. Therefore, more user-friendly input modalities are strongly desired. Spoken language allows distance hands- and eyes-free operation within the room, providing an intuitive and natural interface. This paper presents some accessibility facilities based on speech technologies for an interactive TV telemedicine service. The specific layout for TV environments, the help of an avatar and the voice navigation will enhance the user access, while the speech-based creation of medical reports reduces dramatically the time physicians need to write reports.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)300-308
Number of pages9
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2011


  • accessibility
  • avatar
  • interactive TV
  • multimodal interaction
  • natural user interfaces
  • speech technologies
  • telemedicine


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