The Smart House Living Lab is a real intelligent house, fully equipped with the usual services of a conventional house where different ICT technologies (sensors and actuators) are distributed extensively in the living lab technical areas such as ceilings and walls, remaining invisible to users. These sensors monitor different context changes, such as temperature, lighting conditions, energy consumption, etc. This Smart House Living Lab has a control and observation area, which allows monitoring the use of services and applications in a non-intrusive way. There is also a specific room with a virtual reality infrastructure that allows virtual training and rapid prototyping of new services, and simulation of different scenarios. The Smart House Living Lab is both to develop new applications, services and applications based on the massive use of technology distributed under the ambient intelligence paradigm, and to test and evaluate the quality in use of third-party applications and services that require an user friendly environment with high connectivity and interoperability, and experience in design methodologies and user-centered evaluation. The Smart House Living Lab is an accessible environment for any user regardles of his disability or age.
The main services that the Smart House Living Lab provides are the following:
Intensive evaluations of Ambient Intelligence applications and services. Definition of indicators for assessment of both technological and user experience to obtain pre-prototype industrials completely validated by users, and thus close to being exploited and installed in real environments.
Systematic study of the needs of target users of applications and services: governments, healthy citizen, the elderly, people with disabilities and people with cognitive dependence and people who suffer chronic diseases.
Development of technological solutions available to specific needs at home for citizens (security, entertainment, social interaction, communications, information, energy saving). Generation and analysis of new paradigms of human-machine interaction.
For further information on the Smart Home Living Lab, visit the LifSTech web page.