Area: Home automation
The aim of “Casa+” project is to help people with Down syndrome to get their own autonomy by increasing the awareness of their means and always keeping the safety.
To achieve these goals we will assist those people with technological support in doing the every-day actions in and outside the house.
The plan is to give to the house itself the ability to control and help its guests by using some devices able to check lighting system, water system, ect, and to interact with people living in the house. The project is totally consistent with the Sue Buckley research fund vision (http://www.sue-buckley.org/):“Our vision is a world where all young people with Down syndrome are offered the opportunities that they need to achieve their individual potential...
All projects’ activities can be subdivided into three main categories:
Home Living: We want to help guests to use the house’s facilities in the best way, in order to do this we need to localize each guest in the house and customize the house action to the particular user. Just to give an example: if someone gets out of a room without switching off the light, the house will remind the guest, calling with is name, that if there is no one left in the room there is no need to keep the light on, and if the user doesn’t get the message, than the house takes care of it.
The project also plans to help guests in cooking providing an interactive cookbook that will guide them through the recipe giving the needed actions and timing.
Communication:The house has two multi touch computers installed. By using these devices guests can surf the web though a scalable and customizable browser and also share with each other their multimedia contents such as photos, movies, songs, etc.
Follow Me: This is about a tracking system, made though a specific device or a smartphone, with geo-fencing capabilities. Thanks to a web interface it is possible to define a safe area/path and since the user stays in this area no one is aware of its position. As the user goes out of the safe area, its position is shown on the web interface and an alarm message is sent to the assisting personal. The user can also call the assisting personal in case of emergency by pressing an alarm button.
The project will provide new tools based on ICT technologies that could enable the completion of existing educational protocols or activate new ones.