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dc.contributor.authorNevels, Mattheweng
dc.contributor.authorSmilkstein, Tina Harrieteng
dc.contributor.corporatenameUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Researcheng
dc.contributor.meetingnameUndergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum (2008 : University of Missouri--Columbia)eng
dc.date2008eng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.descriptionAbstract only availableeng
dc.description.abstractChanges in hygiene habits can be an early indicator of mental and/or physical decline in elders. Since personal hygiene activity accounts for much of the water use in a home, and since much of this activity happens in privacy, unknown to the caregivers, we have designed a water flow sensor that transmits usage data to a central data analysis system. There, it can then be analyzed, compared to prior activity patterns to detect when water use begins to deviate from the norm, and then can trigger an alert to allow earlier intervention from caregivers. There already exist sensors that are designed to detect water flow, but since our needs require an inexpensive portable sensor that can easily be installed and removed in various locations as necessary, the existing sensors which require the water supply to flow through them are not an effective option because they provide a solution that is expensive and that requires professional installation and removal from the water pipe network. Our sensor is designed to be inexpensive and, since it is designed to be used external to the water supply, will be easy to install and remove from the water supply. Challenges include differentiating between signals in different faucet and pipe networks, and separation of useful signals from those that should be ignored such as water events that are known to be not for hygiene purposes.eng
dc.description.sponsorshipNSF Grant D3488 to T. Smilksteineng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/1976eng
dc.languageen_USeng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Researcheng
dc.relation.ispartof2008 Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forumeng
dc.subjecthygiene habitseng
dc.subjectusage dataeng
dc.subjectcaregiver interventioneng
dc.titleWater flow sensor for eldercare [abstract]eng
dc.typePresentationeng


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