2. Home Automation and Smart Homes to Support Independence
- William C. Mann PhD Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology and Aging
Published Online: 27 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence: The State of the Science
How to Cite
Mann, W. C. and Milton, B. R. (2005) Home Automation and Smart Homes to Support Independence, in Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence: The State of the Science (ed W. C. Mann), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471743941.ch2
University of Florida, PO Box 100164, Gainesville, FL 32610-0164, USA
- Published Online: 27 JUN 2005
- Published Print: 24 JUN 2005
Print ISBN: 9780471696940
Online ISBN: 9780471743941
- smart home;
- smart house;
- Smart technology;
This chapter begins with a historical look at “smart homes” and “homes of the future.” We define “smart home” and discuss the levels of technology within one, and follow this with a vision of the future for smart homes. We describe the underlying technologies that can be used in a smart house. The following major section of this chapter provides an overview of the state of the science in smart homes and smart home components, discussing both corporate and university based research and development. The chapter concludes with a section authored by the architect, Bradley R. Milton, who designed the University of Florida Gator Tech Smart House. This section describes the challenges of creating a home where people will live, while also providing a flexible environment for testing the user-smart home technology environment.