A prototype of an energy-efficient house which can send alerts if its residents are ill has been developed by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire.
InterHome which is the first home in the UK which can learn from its residents and take decisive action and text if it is being burgled or the door has been left unlocked can now also monitor the health of its occupants.
“We developed it further with elderly people in mind so that the house can send alerts if the person has a fall or a stroke,” said Mr Johann Siau, Senior Lecturer at the University’s School of Engineering and Technology.
The researchers have developed a prototype device which can be strapped to a person’s wrist and is equipped with various sensors which take readings of body temperature and pulse.
“This opens up a platform for us to add new types of technologies around assisted living,” said Mr Siau.