The Aware Home: A Living Laboratory for Technologies for Successful Aging

Gregory D. Abowd, Aaron F. Bobick, Irfan A. Essa, Elizabeth D. Mynatt, and Wendy A. Rogers

We describe our ongoing research in the area of developing and testing technologies for successful aging. Sensing and perception technologies can enable a home environment to be aware of the whereabouts and activities of its occupants. Motivated by the desire to use such an awareness to help maintain independence and quality of life for an aging population, we describe the technological, design and engineering research challenges inherent in this problem domain. Our work is situated in the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute’s Residential Laboratory, a unique living laboratory for this exploration of ubiquitous computing in a domestic setting.

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