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The smarthouse

Febbraio 2017
In futuro coloro che si prendono cura di persone anziane o malate potranno ottenere aiuto dalla casa stessa. Questo è l’obiettivo di un gruppo di ricercatori: una smarthouse in grado di supervisionare chi vive al suo interno. By John O’Reilly

di John O’Reilly © British Council

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the smarthouse
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Speaker: Rachel Roberts (Standard British accent)

In the future those who are taking care of old or sick people may get help from the house itself.
Over the last few years, new technology, such as the Internet, Wi-Fi and flat TV screens, has changed our homes and the way we live. Now, another technology revolution is happening. A new project at the University of Hertfordshire wants to create a home that supervises people living in it who are weak or elderly

help and support

The researchers have developed a wristband device which helps us watch the elderly person who is wearing it.  The device collects information to see whether the person has fallen or has wandered away from where they should be.
The assisted-living project is part of the university’s wider Interhome project, which is the development of a smart-house. The house remembers the habits of the person who lives there and it uses very low amounts of energy. The Interhome team hope that offering this service will help care for the elderly. They say: "It’s very important that these technologies are there to help and support and not replace any of the existing services."


The Interhome is not just a research method.  It’s also a way for students from different scientific backgrounds to learn and develop technology. The university uses the latest technology to help students get experience by developing new hardware and software themselves. The team includes design, engineering and computer science students working together.
The project leader says: "We are working on a smart home project in Watford with some companies at the moment. We are looking at how a smarter home can provide even more services." This could help millions of old people around the world have a better, safer life in the future.

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Whether the person has fallen or has wandered away from where they should be. Se la persona è caduta o si è allontanata da dove sarebbe dovuta essere. Notate che si passa dal singolare (has fallen, has wandered away) al plurale (they should be): è una costruzione tecnicamente scorretta ma del tutto accettabile, e si usa quando non si conosce il genere della persona di riferimento. Si potrebbe dire: (...) from where she or he should be, ma suonerebbe un po' macchinoso.