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A 100 SPHERE Homes: What can our homes tell us about our health and wellbeing? – Rachel King and Balazs Janko, University of Reading.

The concept of the smart home has been widely portrayed in science fiction, and more recently developed into test beds for research to monitor aspects of our lives including healthcare. The EPSRC funded SPHERE project aims to go one step further and make the smart home a reality for 100 homes as a test of demands and needs in healthcare. But just what will be monitored and what can this tell us about our health and wellbeing? Using three modalities of sensing technology including environmental, video, and wearable sensors the SPHERE houses aim to collect an unprecedented set of natural home living data and use machine learning techniques to relate these data to health specific signatures.

With an emphasis on wearable technology, our research  targets applications that benefit from continuous movement monitoring. Our initial work has focused on individuals with Parkinson’s disease, who are at an increased risk of falls, however the principles apply to a broad range of health care needs. Data from the wearables can be analysed at different levels of granularity, from activities of daily living to quality of motion. The large scale deployment of wearable sensors also present technological challenges.

Custom wearable devices have been designed and manufactured for SPHERE that are capable of low power operation. The key challenge is to transmit pertinent physiological measurements from sensors worn by the individual to data gateways in the houses. Our current work, based on the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, allows operational periods from a few days to over a month from a single Qi (inductive) recharge.

This talk, by two members of the SPHERE team, discusses their approach, applications, results and opportunities for further work.

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