As the first residential laboratory of its type, the Aware Home has received great media attention and provided a valuable venue demonstrating the multidisciplinary nature of Georgia Tech research. Since 2000, Aware Home Research Initiative researchers have leveraged the facility to investigate many areas of research including: data delivery to the home, innovative sensing and control infrastructure, and a variety of applications to support home residents.
There is a growing need in society to enable older adults to remain in an independent living environment. Older adults living in their own homes may be faced with situations in which there is a mismatch between the demands of their daily environment and their capabilities. These situations generally result from both increased demands (e.g., use of new medical devices) and deficits in the capabilities of the individual (e.g., age-related changes in cognition, perception, or movement control). There is great potential for robotics to support the needs of older adults -- either directly or by supporting the activities of professional caregivers (e.g., nurses or physical therapists) who work in the homes of older adults.