Gator Tech Smart House
The Smart House, developed by UF professors William Mann, chairman of the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Sumi Helal, associate professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, is designed to help the elderly stay self-sufficient. Cutting-edge technology and sensors monitor the resident's well-being. A mobile phone acts as a remote control for all appliances and media devices.
The technology was developed using a $4.5-million, five-year federal grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Corporate donors funded the building and furnishing of the house.
Seniors will live in the house, which serves as a laboratory, for short periods of time to test the usefulness of the technology in day-to-day living. "We expect to commercialize what's in the house," says Mann.
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