During Summer 2008, I worked in Granada, Spain as an intern at Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo, the R&D division of Spain’s largest telecommunications company. The Granada center focuses on e-Health projects such as modeling and design of autonomous sensor networks, as well as defining protocols for the delivery of e-Health services across public and home digital networks.
TeleSense was a fully integrative motion tracking and sensing solution that I developed to assist elderly and disabled patients interact with technology and media. Designed for patients who have difficulty using traditional input devices, TeleSense consists of a set of infrared devices including infrared pens for use in a virtual "smart" whiteboard system, infrared gloves for use as remote input devices for a standard computer setup and lateral motion tracking, and an infrared camera paired with an infrared LED array. An infrared detector was connected to the host machine, enabling the user to control a computer by making simple, intuitive hand gestures in the air from 15-18 feet away (with gloves) or 5-8 feet away (without gloves).