William Mann and Sumi Helal
The ICTA center, recently established at the University of Florida, focuses on the use of wireless and pervasive technologies to enhance the quality of life and independence of elders or those aging with or into disabilities. In this article, we describe one of the research and development activities in the center that adopts the emerging smart phones technology as an effective booster of the utility of smart homes and other smart spaces. We present our vision of using smart phones as magic wands that can be used passively as remote control devices, and proactively as intelligent companions offering advises, reminders, warnings and calls for help. We also present our smart phone/home architecture and describe our efforts in early application developments.