Published on Sep 4, 2013
SPHERE: sensors for the home environment, helping people to remain healthy and living in their own homes
This film, produced by Aardman Animations, involved asking members of the general public for their views on the technologies being developed in a project called SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment), and what the outcomes might mean for them.
The UK's healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges from the increasing age of our population, rises in obesity and diabetes, and the complexity of providing high quality mental health care for all. Older people are at risk from isolation and fractures caused by falls in the home, but are keen to live at home rather than in a hospital or residential care. Technology has great potential to help address these problems, and so ensure people remain healthy and living in their own homes.
SPHERE is an interdisciplinary research collaboration that will develop sensor technologies that employ video, wireless sensing and data from home electricity and water meters to:
• Predict falls and detect strokes so that help may be summoned;
• Analyse eating behaviour, including whether people are taking their prescribed medication;
• Detect periods of depression or anxiety and intervene using a computer-based therapy (e.g. a mobile App).
SPHERE will work with users groups to develop these sensor technologies, such that they can be deployed in an acceptable way in people's homes.