AAL Forum in Aarhus, Denmark
The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme promotes innovative technological product ideas and services for active and healthy ageing, supporting them until they launch on the market. These innovations are presented at the annual AAL Forum, which will take place 23 - 25 September 2019.
The iHomeLab will again be present at this important event. We will present various avatar-based systems. The central point is that all systems interact through the use of speech. Our applications range from home automation to support in health matters, such as regular blood pressure measurements and documentation at home. At our booth we have demonstrators for the projects «Ella4Life», «SAM&Me» and «CARU Cares». With the help of Avatar Anne (basis «Ella4Life») we will also present our ongoing research projects - to give visitors a better insight into our research work.
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Wohnen, bauen, besitzen on 21 September 2019, UBS Luzern
A presentation by Dr. Andrew Paice
At the information event on the subject of real estate and financing, various presentations will take place and a free real estate valuation will be offered.
Dr Andrew Paice will give a presentation on building intelligence at 10.30 am and 1.00 pm. Learn how "Smart Home" can change our lives in our own four walls.
Forum Architektur, 21 September 2019, Messe Luzern
At the «Forum Architektur» in Lucerne on 21 September 2019, Dr. Andrew Paice gave a presentation about intelligent buildings improving the quality of our life. His speech focused on Smart Energy Management, Internet of Things and Brain Computer Interfaces.
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Project CARU Cares
The award-winning Swiss start-up «CARU» has launched a Smart Sensor for care institutions. The stationary voice assistant «CARU» connects people in everyday life as well as in emergency situations. By pointing out irregularities, it also makes living space more intelligent. This Smart Sensor should also be available for home care in the near future.
The iHomeLab develops and tests functional extensions in collaboration with the manufacturer and various project partners from Switzerland and Austria. Since 1 June 2019, the European AAL Joint Programme project «CARU Cares» has been using a user-centered design process to work cooperatively on aspects such as networking with systems from the care and emergency call environment, and the expansion of «CARU's» communication options, among others.
IFA in Berlin
IFA is the world's leading trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances – the hotspot for technology trends from all over the world. As part of IFA, ABB is holding a press conference and panel discussion on September 4 and 5. The topic is «Level up your smart home experience».
We will be there on September 4 at 5 p.m. as «Voice of Customers / API Stories» and report on the integration of the ABB smart home system from the «My Life, My Way» project – one of the projects with our avatar Anne. In this project, we specifically ensured that Anne could be used to control home automation, such as lighting lights, operating blinds, opening doors and much more using voice commands. At the subsequent panel discussion, our scientist, Edith Birrer, will answer questions.
ABB press conference programme
iHomeLab employee receives diploma
On 12 July 2019, graduates of the Department of Computer Science at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts received their Bachelor's or Master's degrees. Among them was Iwan Bolzern from iHomeLab for his course of studies «Bachelor of Science Hochschule Luzern/FHZ in Informatik».
The iHomeLab congratulates Iwan on his successful graduation.
Record number of visitors at the iHomeLab
Since the iHomeLab Visitor Center was founded, the number of visitors has never been so high: more than 1,000 people visited the iHomeLab in the second quarter of 2019. This confirms to us that we are on the right track and that the public is aware of our research topics.
The iHomeLab is the only public platform that packages current research projects into stories and makes technology and research accessible to all interested parties.
Opening Technology Outlook 2019
On 7 May, SATW published its Technology Outlook 2019, and openings for SATW members were held in Zurich and Lausanne on the same evening. Read the report
IEEE PES-Workshop on 9 May 2019
The IEEE Switzerland Power and Energy Society will run a one-day workshop on the impact of the Energy Strategy 2050 in the urban environment. The workshop will take place at the iHomeLab of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, an innovative think tank and research centre for building intelligence. Lunch and an apero will be provided and there will be networking opportunities throughout the day.
Time and place
9 May 2019, 10:00 - 17:30
iHomeLab, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
In the EU project «MyLifeMyWay», we develop develop with our Dutch and Belgian partners Avatar Anne. The project is a cooperation between the iHomeLab and bonacasa as well as various international research partners. Within the framework of the project, various test phases took place in Switzerland, Holland and Belgium over a period of three years.
Avatar Anne is now available in the third version. We are currently in the final field. There we concentrate on the integration of the ABB smart-home controller free@home with Anne. Furthermore, in this final test we will deal with the bundling of communication between the service provider bonacasa and the Anne users who live in bonacasa apartments.
The «MyLifeMyWay» project concludes at the end of August 2019. Our Dutch partner Virtask is working hard on Anne's market entry and plans to launch the product commercially this year.
For more information on this project see our current newsletter
«SAM & Me» project
In the project «SAM & Me» we develop and test a virtual butler for elderly people who have no interest in the latest technology. SAM should know the individual needs and the current context of use and be able to adapt accordingly. He provides the most important functionality in a simple and intuitive interface.
SAM was researched during an 18-month Innosuisse project and tested in households in the Lucerne area for three weeks in a field test. 14 persons between 65 and 88 years of age and their relatives took part in the field test.
Based on the positive feedback from the field tests and the iHomeLab tours, it is now our goal to bring the butler SAM to even more people. We are currently talking to various partners about this. Because who would not like to have their own personal butler at home?
For more information on this project see our current newsletter
In the coming years, digitisation will open up new opportunities for older people to lead an autonomous and autonomous life. In the Project «4Generations» with the day school ELEMENTA we are facilitating a dialog about technology across all generation. Together with older people, the pupils are examining the use of digital applications in everyday life. The iHomeLab accompanies a subproject in which elderly people test a language assistant in their homes over a longer period of time. This subproject will last until the end of the 2018/19 school year.
For more information on this project see our current newsletter
ALTENPFLEGE will take place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 2 to 4 April 2019. This is the leading trade fair for the nursing industry, where home managers, decision-makers, nursing staff and start-ups meet. The iHomeLab is one of around 700 exhibitors presenting the latest products and services for inpatient and outpatient care and where the future of geriatric care can be discussed with our experts.
More information about the trade fair on the Webseite Altenpflege
iHomeLab is partner of the Innovation Forum Energy
As an independent platform for decision-makers from utilities, industry, research and politics, the Energy Innovation Forum highlights current trends in the energy sector and provides a comprehensive and profound overview of the strategic and technical challenges facing the energy market of the future. Participants will be presented with new ideas and innovative solutions for the tasks ahead.
The 9th Annual Conference Innovation Forum Energy will take place on 4 and 5 April 2019 at the Zurich Marriott Hotel. Do not miss it and register today!
Further information on www.innovationsforum-energie.ch
NILM4Bal (NILM für Last- und Lastspitzenmanagement)
Im Projekt «NILM4Bal» erforschen wir, wie anhand von Smart-Meter-Daten grosse Stromverbraucher automatisch identifiziert und deren Lastverschiebepotential quantifiziert werden kann. Die bereits in Haushalten und Betrieben vorhandenen verschiebbaren Verbraucher sollen so für die Lastverschiebung nutzbar gemacht werden. Somit sind Energieversorger in der Lage, ihr Lastmanagement zu optimieren und Kosten zu sparen, ohne dass zusätzliche Investitionen in Verteilnetze notwendig werden.
Open Day on 29 November 2018
We are celebrating our 10th anniversary. To this event we cordially invite the population to an open day. Let us show you the latest research projects in the iHomeLab Visitor Center.
The guided tours are free of charge and last about 30 minutes. They take place at the following times: 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00
You can register directly with our iHomeLab staff on site. Be curious - a small warming surprise will be provided.
Come and celebrate with us. We look forward to your visit.
Project «Pontis» at 2018 Samsung Developer Conference
The iHomeLab and Samsung have developed a prototype in the project «Pontis» that can control a TV by brain activities, enabling users with physical limitations to change channels and adjust sound volume with their brains. «Pontis», supported by innosuisse, aims to provide more accessibility and convenience for everyone, including those with physical disabilities such as quadriplegia. Martin Kathriner, Head Public Affairs, Samsung Electronics Switzerland GmbH will be presenting the project in a session at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, 7 – 8 November 2018.
Meet&Code event on 10 October 2018 in the iHomeLab
Every year in Europe, free programming courses are offered for two weeks. The aim is to get people excited about ICT, as a large part of the future professions and products will have to do with it. At the Meet&Code event, which started at the iHomeLab Visitorcenter, many facets of the «Internet of Thing» (IoT) were shown. The children helped enthusiastically with the demonstration and were even allowed to operate many devices themselves. Afterwards they learned on a tablet with a graphical programming «language» what to tell the computer step by step until a little cat dances around on the tablet screen. The children's joy at meowing or singing and other cat capers was ultimately only surpassed by the two Lego robots, which they could also program with a building block language. The visitors were enthusiastic about the gained insight into IoT and were amazed how much fun computer science and technology can be.
iHomeLab is testing the Limbic Chair VR
A delegation from LimbicLife, with company founder and designer of the Limbic Chair Patrik Künzler, recently visited the iHomeLab. He also brought along the Limbic Chair VR and demonstrated it on site. The Limbic Chair VR is currently in the offices of iHomeLab, where it is critically tested by our curious staff.
Sitting in the Limbic Chair induces movements that activate the limbic system of the brain, which is responsible for memory and learning processes, motivation, and emotions.
More information on http://www.limbic-life.com/
In the project "MyLifeMyWay" the project team is making good progress with the development of the personal avatar Anne. The roll-out of the improved second version of the system is currently underway with over 60 end users in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. For this purpose, intensive tests are carried out. New functions such as video communication with personalized contact directory, various games and local radio stations are now available. This allows users an entertaining, interactive use of Anne. Based on the feedback from the first field test, significant improvements in the user interface were achieved. Initial feedback from Swiss users confirms that the project team is on the right track and that the product is developing well.
«SmartNIALMeter» – the key to energy efficiency
The Swiss 2050 Energy Strategy envisages almost all the existing analogue electricity meters installed in Swiss households being replaced with digital smart meters. These new «intelligent» devices record total consumption at short time intervals (seconds to minutes), creating numerous new energy saving options.
The BFE-funded «SmartNIALMeter» project is examining one of these options, the provision of detailed, direct energy consumption breakdowns for individual household appliances such as washing machines, fridges or boilers. This information raises customers’ awareness of how much electricity they are consuming and enables them to reduce this figure by optimizing behaviour.
More information on the project