We recently spoke with Edward Clough, Managing Director at Techsmax about their role in our Assistive Housing Hub initiative and the future of in supportive housing technology.
Keep reading to find out what he had to say.
1. How did Techsmax contribute to the Assistive Housing Hub?
At the Hub, Techsmax is the glue that ties all the technologies together, giving users a simple way to control their environment. The intelligent home-installed technology has changed from the design of separate devices to an integrated system where many home-installed devices communicate with each other and synchronously serve/monitor different areas of the house.
2. What did you find exciting about working on the Assistive Housing Hub?
To be working with latest innovations from the partners and centralising them into one custom UI app. The hub features a powerful solution for many existing problems in the society with increasing numbers of aged/physically weak and disabled people and will make their lives more pleasant and easier.
3. What do you see as being the next big advances in supportive housing technology?
Human behaviour prediction in a smart home. Supportive housing technology won’t just be pre-programmed automated devices, it’ll be a learning and self-adapting intelligent home.
As the IoT is continually expanding and enhancing the ability to integrate and streamline assistive techs into our everyday life, the systems will automatically observe the lifestyle and process the information from the inhabitant or from his/her environment, and to predict their next moves to adjust the home to that moves.
4. How do you see these advances providing value in the disability services and community housing sectors?
The aim is to reach a system that can endure a large array of disabilities with an easy to access interface. The artificial intelligence in assistive smart homes will facilitate strong, positive, and emotional impact on persons with disabilities, improving their quality of life, giving them privacy, and making them feel that they live in an ordinary house, as opposed to a hospital or aged care facility. Not only does this provide a better standard of living, it also reduces the number of younger people living with disabilities from having to relocate to nursing homes. The same notion will reduce, to some extent, the medical care costs per person.
5. What are your future plans for Techsmax?
At the moment, we’re working to integrate eye-tracking devices into our control app and system. Eye-tracking tech would offer tremendous assistance to people who have no body movement or speech, giving them a way to operate a computer or smartphone.
We are also developing solutions for people with dementia or cognitively impaired. We’re looking at devices that provide support in structuring their daily activities in the house, such as movement-sensing, audio-prompt technology, which replaces human prompting and support with computer-generated audio prompts, activated via movement sensors.