Retirees: These gadgets will help you stay in your home longer

Smart homes and home-based technologies: Our homes are about to become much smarter. Technologies are emerging that will enhance homes by controlling temperature and lighting, monitoring movement and activity, providing voice prompts, preventing injuries, and sending health information to loved ones and health providers. Smart homes of the future will have flooring that will help prevent fractures due to falls.

Several smart home technology projects are under development at the University of Maine, including a home sensor project that will allow the monitoring of a loved one’s safety from a distance without use of invasive video cameras.

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