In the not too distant future, “smart homes” could be as common as smartphones.
A Washington State University researcher believes so-called “smart homes” might be a way to keep senior citizens independent and in their homes longer.
“We want to provide intervention to increase independence,” said Diane Cook, whose research work in data mining and artificial intelligence focuses on the design of “smart homes” to provide health monitoring and intervention.
Her research has been noticed at the national level. Cook recently was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
“Smart home” research uses programmed sensors — they look like smoke detectors — to monitor, predict and improve quality of life, particularly in elder care.
As the U.S. population ages, using technology to address challenges is of increasing interest to senior citizens who wish to stay in their homes, care providers and government leaders, especially since assisted living costs can average $70,000 per year, according to a WSU release.
Someday soon seniors might be able to rely on a “smart home” to alert their caregivers or loved ones if they fall or to provide them a snapshot of their week’s activities, Cook said.