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Digital helpers - possible applications

Possible uses of technical aids in the flat and house

The use of smart home technology is usually about four major goals:

Increasing the comfort

Everyday life is made easier, orientation is promoted and well-being is improved (e.g. through key finders, front door openers).

Health preservation

Medical aids help to stay or become healthy (e.g. through tablet dispensers, blood pressure monitors).

Improving safety

For a better sense of security, not only alarm systems are useful, but also fall detectors or home emergency calls, fire or gas detectors contribute to security within one's own four walls.

Participation in life

Tablets, adapted smartphones or systems for video telephony help to maintain and promote social contacts with relatives, family members or friends.
Regardless of the actual area of application in the flat or in one's own house, the smart home essentially serves these four goals. But what are the possibilities in particular? Let's do a little "walk-through":

Hallway / Entrance area

Welcome home - smart assistance in the hallway and entrance area

Stairlifts and climbing aids help to be mobile within the house or to be able to leave or re-enter the house at all. The ringing at the door can be amplified by means of Door intercom system you can also check who is standing in front of the door from the living room or kitchen and open it remotely. Also the Calling the lift and the Switching on the lighting in front of the flat or in the hallway is possible. Of course, this can also be controlled by a timer, making it easier for carers to gain access. Orientation lights near the floor also help you to move safely around the flat or house. Should you ever misplace your keys, they make it easier for you to find them. Key finder find it again - or remind you to take it with you before you leave the house.

Living room

Feeling good at home - smart assistance in the living room

Also in the living room Telephone and doorbell amplifier are used, optionally also with visual instead of acoustic signals (e.g. flashing or strobe light). A Robot vacuum cleaner - familiar to many people for a long time - supports you in cleaning the living spaces, not only the living room. Automated shutters and windows increase security and can help to save costs at the same time. This also applies to the digital networking of Heating systems. Smart TVs support with subtitles and speech gestures or simply ensure that you no longer forget your favourite programme. Typical tripping hazards caused by cable connections to loudspeakers or similar can also be avoided nowadays with wireless connections.

The "classic Home emergency call is now relatively widespread and enables quick help in emergencies. And if you want, you can go even further: Integrated into the floor Fall detector for example, can immediately establish contact with helpers or relatives in an emergency, who can provide support themselves or notify additional help as required.


Independent at home - smart assistance in the bathroom

The bathroom is one of the rooms where many household accidents take place. At the same time, carrying out personal care on your own is still an important marker of independence and privacy. Here, too, assistance systems can give you important help: Shower seats or bath lifts support and lend security. Taps can be equipped with sensors so that it is no longer possible to forget to turn it off. For emergencies, however, there are also Intelligent water detectors conceivable.

Digital scales, blood glucose meters or blood pressure meters help you keep an eye on important body values. Special Apps on the mobile phone or tablet remind you, for example, to take these measurements, to take tablets or simply to brush your teeth.


Safe at home - smart assistance in the kitchen

Also in the kitchen Intelligent windows and doors for safety and help to save energy or maintain a healthy daily rhythm. Smart refrigerators remind you of missing groceries or allow you to take a check inside while you're on the move. But especially when it comes to safety, assistance systems and the smart home can provide important services. Automatic cooker cut-offs ensure that switching off the cooker is no longer forgotten or warn of overcooking and other dangerous situations. Gas detector create additional safety. And the taps in the kitchen can also be equipped with sensors.

Intelligent Medication dispenser remind you to take your medication at the right time of day or meal. And as in all rooms, the installation of emergency call systems, door openers or other digital helpers is also possible in the kitchen.


Comfort at home - smart assistance in the bedroom

A lot can also be done for safety and well-being in the bedroom. Smart beds not only help you to stand up, but also have Bedside sensorsThese can be connected to the room lighting, for example, so that there is sufficient light automatically when you get up - or dimmed at night. Orientation lights switch on. A electronic door opener enables caregivers to be admitted without having to leave the bed. Smart watches and fitness trackers not only help with alarm functions, but can also, for example, monitor your heart rate, take over reminder functions and even be linked to home emergency calls. In the case of progressive need for care or bed confinement, systems such as ThevoSmart They help to detect bed dampness and remind people to reposition themselves in good time to prevent bedsores, for example.

And also for the bedroom are Fall detector in the floor or in the form of sensor mats is a conceivable option. Smoke detectors belong in every (bedroom) anyway and are a proven example of the usefulness of intelligent technology in the home.


More than living - smart assistance in the garden

For many older people, the garden is a particularly important place. Work and tasks in the garden often give a sense of purpose and satisfaction and also structure everyday life. In addition to the mental benefits of gardening, this form of activity can also promote and maintain mobility.

There are also useful assistance systems in the garden for complex or difficult work. Robot mower for example, can take care of the lawn. Intelligent irrigation clocks in turn make lugging watering cans superfluous. And in the garden, too, emergency call systems can be integrated into everyday life via smartphone or smartwatch. Last but not least, lighting systems provide more safety.


Support in everyday life and care

Many people still have prejudices against smart aids in care. Therefore, we would like to inform people about their opportunities and developments: Digital applications and their functions can make everyday life much easier for those affected - whether they need care or not. And carers and relatives also benefit from their use, as they remind and document important things such as taking medication, for example.

Constant, personal presence or even "control" in the context of care becomes superfluous and there is room to use the time together differently. Openness to this form of support in everyday care can therefore lead to further relief - both psychologically and physically. The number and quality of digital and intelligent helpers for everyday (care) life at home is also constantly growing. Renowned institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute are already working on further innovative solutions for the future.

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