Originally started as a research project by Matt Lee at the Carnegie Mellon HCI lab dwellSense has now progressed into its next stage of development to provide "wellness through sensing and reflection" and enable early indicators and health checks for older adults.
The system utilizes a series of sensors embedded into everyday objects around a users home (Examples include: A coffee pot, telephone, chair, bed, pill box, etc) to monitor how well older adults are carrying out everyday tasks. Over time this data can be tracked to provide important early indicators and diagnostic opportunities for cognitive or physical declines like seen in those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Matt says "Older adults have difficulty maintaining awareness of changes in their functional abilities as they get older. Functional changes such as how well they perform instrumental activities of daily living can be important early indicators for cognitive or physical decline. Often these early signs are ignored or explained away as the individual unknowingly continues on a trajectory towards disability. They can become more prone to dangerous situations such as mismanaging finances, taking the wrong medication, or forgetting to turn off the stove."
An Android tablet app provides another layer to the system by allowing the users to track how well they are carrying out their daily routine with the end goal of the overall system to provide individuals, their caregivers and clinicians a window into behaviors to help decease expensive assessment costs, delay physical declines and to avoid accidents, or hospitalization.
You can learn more about the research pilot studies and data science behind the project at: http://dwellsense.com/