Category Archives: Smart Home

Technology for Seniors

Technology to allow seniors to remain connected to old memories and be more aware of what will be happening throughout their day.


So apparently there are some companies that are making money on some pretty simple systems. Perhaps I should check if they want to expand into the dinner preparation area.

AT&T Research Lab’s Innovations Showcase

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Recently  AT&T was showing prototypes of what can be done with their APIs . This video and article highlights a few of the cool prototypes that were on show. I thought the first two were really cool. The first one was basically an RFID reader in the car that checks to see if you’re forgetting anything when you get into the car.  Everyone has experienced being on your way to work or some event and realizing that you left your wallet or laptop or something at home. This technology isn’t really brand new, but it’s a great application that could definitely  be useful.

The other prototype I liked was a phone that emitted a certain type of  vibration that would be conducted through your bones so that when you touch a doorknob your door would know whether you are the owner (and would unlock for you) or whether you are a friend or stranger. I don’t see this kind of technology being used right away, but I have seen research at GT where sound is being conducted through bone, which I thought was really interesting.  It would be really interesting to see an application of this vibration technology outside of sound.

Time Warner’s Intelligent Home

Time Warner is bringing intelligent home features to the masses with their smartphone/tablet enabled system. This provides the basics such as arming/disarming the home security system, remotely switching off lights and adjusting temperature. While such systems have been around for some time, Time Warner’s system is a subscription based one, with the users paying a monthly fee to activate the system into their existing homes.

There is another, more detailed video, but it does not support embedding, so here is the link :

NXP and Belkin Wifi Link Up

This may not seem very interesting but its similar to the idea I pitched in class for the project, where we start allowing items to be hooked up without the complicated process. What this device does is give each item and IP address, allowing control of the item via smartphone. It may not be very exciting now but if the application moves ahead and allows items to obtain their individual IP while making the connection simple like in this case just hooking it up to the internal network, a possibility of a extendable smarthome that evolves over time maybe possible.

Smart Kitchen and Cabinets

Apparently last year at CES a company demonstrated some technology that was similar to what I and a couple of other people were thinking for CIC projects. Through the packaging in some food and other products, sensors in the cabinets can track the nutritional information, expiration date, amount left, and other pieces of information, all without having to log anything. This is all displayed on a nice touchscreen interface.

They also have some cool technology where you can cook things and use appliances on the counter without having to plug anything in. This could free up your whole kitchen so you don’t have to limited to certain areas of your countertop. I’d be interested to see where this technology goes.

IDHI 12 Idea – Pecha Kucha

Hi Folks,

This is my idea for the IDHI 12 Project and possibly a CIC entry under Health IT:

UPDATE: Link was broken which is now fixed (hopefully 😉 ).


Please, please, please give me feedback and implementation ideas.