Kristina in the house of the future

Dec. 12, 2017, 7:49 a.m.

In this sense, the last of the presentations has taken place in Germany, the country from where our partners of German Red Cross and University of Tübingen come from. It is precisely in this university town where the Open Day of the Kristina Project was held, this was a good chance in order to present the latest version of the prototype to people from both the academic world and the administration, as well as to try to find possible future investors. The meeting was organized in the Lebensphasenhaus of the centenary university city of Tübingen (Stuttgart). This mobile and practically futuristic house where the project presentation took place, is one of the so-called "Smart houses" of the future, that is, an intelligent house designed with the latest technology to allow future human societies to be ecologically sustainable, technologically practical and with a safe environment for the elderly.

This smart home project receives the support of the German and European Union administrations, and is equipped with the latest technology to guarantee the best life quality for the elderly. Its experimental environment allows testing the effectiveness of new inventions and tools. The architectural design covers all needs, both in the inside and the outside. For example, the garden is adapted so that people who have to move in a wheelchair can have easy access to the interior of the house and, at the same time, can enjoy outdoor activities, such as maintaining a small garden with plants and vegetables. This is possible because these plants are on top of a small platform raised to the height of a wheelchair. From the energy point of view, the smart house is also self-sufficient: It has a system in the subsoil that collects the rainwater with a purifier that cleans it so that it can be reused. Once inside, the house has a ventilation system that balances the levels of gases in the air in order to provide the people living there with an adequate amount of oxygen and thus prevent premature fatigue. On the other hand, the interior lighting of the house consists of different functionalities and can be modified with a light that imitates natural sunlight with a high level of fidelity at all times of the day, from morning to nightfall. The bedroom of the elderly person has also a last generation bed with multiple possibilities and it is able to change position easily with a remote control. This kind of work, that is normally done by caregivers, such as turning patients to clean them, is much easier thanks to this bed. If it is night and, for example, the elderly has to get up to go to the bathroom, there is a system of guides illuminated with green lights that allows you to follow the path.

These lights also surround the door frames so it facilitates a greater sense of location within the space. Other outstanding elements of the house are a fully equipped bathroom, with a support system capable of supporting 300kg and avoid falls in the shower. The kitchen appliances such as the ceramic hob or the dishwasher are also adapted with opening and security systems that allow easy and fast use.

This residence of the future is also provided with tools such as digital openers or doors that open with the least effort, is where the Open Day of the Kristina project was held, attended by representatives of the various countries participating in the project. The partners from Germany, both from the Red Cross and from the University of Tübingen, explained to the people from the administration and the university domain, as well as from the private sector, who attended the Open Day, the uses and possibilities of the avatar. For his part, the coordinator of the project, Leo Wanner explained that at the present time, the field of research where there is more field to go is the gesture recognition, despite the great progress that is being made.

Next meeting of Kristina will be held in Barcelona, at the headquarters of the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine, next January the 30th.

This is an open event in which both partners and Primary Care professionals who wish to have a first contact with the health technology of the future are very welcomed. For further information, you can visit Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine website.


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