2014 Volume 13 Issue 1 Pages 191-201
Even though much recent research has proposed systems that provide assistance and services to people, these systems emphasize the support of the physical aspects at the expense of emotional aspects. However, emotional health is as important as physical health. Moreover, negative emotional health can lead to social or mental health problems. People with good emotional health can control themselves and can address their negative emotions. However, people with bad emotional health feel difficult to control and decrease their negative emotions. Therefore the negative emotional health can lead to social and mental health problems. To cope with negative emotional health in their daily life, we proposed a new healthcare system that focuses on emotional aspects. The system integrates augmented reality to display virtual objects in real environments and Kinect, which allows users to freely interact with them. We also employ biological sensors to measure and detect user emotions, and provide three services based on expected emotions: relaxation, amusement and excitement services. We designed and implemented a small prototype for our relaxation service called: a breathing control application. This application applies deep breathing techniques of stress management to supports users when they experience stress from society or work as well as other negative emotions. This application displays a virtual music box to assist them breathe deeply because virtual objects and music might increase user relaxation and decrease their stress. We also evaluated this application by performing the experiment. The stress and relaxation of the participants are measured using salivary amylase test. As the result, the application can decrease their stress.