Development of a training platform for relatives of people needing care completed, 30 November 2016
The project, given the name “YouDo”, studied a concept designed to support relatives of people needing care by providing these carers with training. To this end, a training platform and training videos on key care topics were developed. The training programme can be accessed via TV or tablet. In addition to this, the platform also offers an option to get in contact with a professional care organisation.
The training platform was well-received by users – operating it is extremely easy and intuitive and the system can be used after just 5 minutes’ training.
The project foresees the system and a basic stock of training videos being given to local care organizations, which will then add their own content to the platform before offering it to their clients for use. Prior to project completion the system was developed to the extent that it can be demonstrated to interested care organizations. Further development work is, however, required before it is suitable for widespread use.
The iHomeLab participates as part of its MINT initiative on the National Future Day of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, 10 November 2016
37 children visited the iHomeLab as part of the National Future Program and the program "Mädchen, Technik, Los", and were explained by the virtual butler James how life in their home might be safer and more comfortable thanks to intelligent building technology even with low energy consumption.
The event, which was originally aimed at girls, in order to bring them closer to the exciting facets of technical professions, has also become very popular among boys. In addition to the iHomeLab visit, the program included soldering an electronic cube, experimenting with ahigh-speed camera, or experiments on the topic of energy from the sun, wind and water.
ESPRIX best practice visit to iHomeLab, 3. November 2016
The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences received a prize in the «Benefit for Customers» category at the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence 2016. As a successful participant in the competition, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences gave an insight into the organization of its quality management as part of the «ESPRIX Best Practice» and illustrated the integration of the activities into the management rhythm.
As part of the event, the iHomeLab was visited to demonstrate to the participants what emerges when excellence in research is practiced.
Project to study load management in service buildings completed, 30 October 2016
Within the scope of the “Demand-Response.ch” project iHomeLab collaborated with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Siemens Schweiz AG, BKW Energie AG, Swissgrid and Meteoswiss to investigate options for responding to the changed parameters of the future energy market as well as how energy can be saved in service buildings:
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Within the scope of the project technologies and concepts were developed to help control equipment operating times. The aim was to modify these times in such a way that equipment is turned on when electricity tariffs and grid loads are ideal. Parallel to this, the technologies and concepts should also take user needs into consideration and the process should be carried out without causing any inconvenience to users. A sophisticated simulation and optimization software was compiled to develop and test concepts.
The project showed that, based on current tariff models, the system developed can be expected to achieve energy consumption savings in the double-digit percentage range. The iHomeLab is currently looking for a service building which can be used to demonstrate these promising theoretical findings in the field.
Future Teachers visiting the iHomeLab as part of the «MINT» Specialization Study, 12 October 2016
The students of the Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern are specialized in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, called «MINT». In this study, with an interdisciplinary approach, all subjects are linked to other MINT subareas. A variety of different methods for problem-solving are learned from different disciplines.
The iHomeLab, through its «MINT Initiative», actively promotes the attendance of school classes and teachers at all levels in order to show you the fascinating possibilities of technical professions. That is why the iHomeLab was particularly pleased with the visit of these teachers. All parties involved now or in the future make an important contribution when it comes to combating the shortage of specialists.
SCCER Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts, Final Meeting Phase I, October 16, 2016, Dübendorf
Dr. Patrick Huber, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab, will present the state-of-the-art research on building energy management systems.
His lecture «Perception-based human building interaction» will take place at 12 noon.
The event takes place at the EMPA Academy, Überlandstrasse 129 in 8600 Dübendorf.
D-A-CH+ Energy Informatics 2016, 29 September 2016, Klagenfurt
Edith Birrer, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab, will be presenting a paper on the subject of load management entitled «Demand-Response Optimized Heatpump Control for Service Sector Buildings» at the D-A-CH Energy Informatics in the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, at 11.00 am on the 29th of September.
The paper from the «Demand-Response.ch» project describes how the highly variable levels of energy in the future should be distributed and consumed from renewable energy sources through load management and load shifting.
More information about the Conference
AAL Forum, 26 – 28.9.2016, Olma Trade Fair, St. Gallen
iHomeLab will be showing how advanced technology and classic living concepts can be combined with each other at its stand in Hall 2.1. Under the banner «from the lab into the home», the team will be showing AAL solutions, developed in-house and by partners, at work in a real environment at their stand in Hall 2.1
A further highlight offered by iHomeLab during the fair is its workshop on the subject of «Storytelling» in science to be held at 9.00 am on the 28th of September. Rolf Kistler, Head of AAL Research at iHomeLab, will whisk you away into the world of story-tellers and show you what an important role stories play in the development of AAL solutions. Experts from a wide variety of backgrounds will be discussing their experiences with Storytelling and demonstrate how to develop a successful story. There are still a few places left if you are interested in attending.
The winner of last year's AAL Public Award, the Smart Cube «Relaxed Care» is a finalist once again this year in the innovation competition «Smart-Ageing Prize» worth 50,000 euros. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
iHomeLab has as well three contributions for the Poster Session.
Impressionen vom Stand und aus dem Storytelling Workshop
Three Pokémons Found at the iHomeLab! 8 September 2016
Do you like hunting for Pokémons in your spare time, too? Then you must visit iHomeLab. We currently have three of these cute little figures «living» with us just waiting to be caught. Bisasam, Glumanda and Schiggy were discovered by two employees from our partners BKW and Siemens.
e-Inclusion Symposium 2016, 16 September 2016, Headquarters of Swiss Post, Berne
Rolf Kistler, Head of AAL Research at iHomeLab, will be giving a lecture at 11.15 am entitled «At home in the world – Living at home as long as possible while remaining connected with the world»as part of the Workshop: «Active and Assisted Living».
Most of us want to live safely and comfortably in our own home for as long as possible. But if we are not as mobile as we once used to be and we do not have regular contact with the outside world, this way of life at home can become increasingly boring or even lonely. Can modern ICT technologies actually make a real difference to people living at home, help entertain them, give them the feeling that they are not forgotten, even integrate them socially and help them participate in (information) society? And if this is possible, then how and to what extent?
The lecture explores these questions using examples and experiences from the research already conducted and there is also the opportunity to discusses possible responses, even critically, with the audience.
16th Energy Summit 2016, 15. Sept. 2016, Spreitenbach
Prof. Alexander Klapproth will be giving a presentation at the Energy Summit on the subject of the Internet of Things entitled: «The Internet of Things and smart technologies provide comfort - especially for living at home in our old age - and a stable supply of energy. But can they also be used to improve energy efficiency?» In his presentation, he will show you how our life in the future can be safer, more comfortable and even more energy-efficient thanks to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
Other interesting speakers will also be present in addition to Alexander Klapproth. For example, Dr. Suzanne Thoma, CEO of the BKW Group.
This event for the early birds will be held at 6.45 – 9.55 am in the Umwelt Arena in Spreitenbach.
To register and for further information
iHomeLab Has Tested One of the First Oculus Rift VR Glasses, 6 September 2016
Within the framework of the project Trans.Safe, iHomeLab is researching a system that will allow older workers to be active for longer in the work environment. This focuses predominantly on people who are responsible for the safety of others in their job (e.g. bus driver or train operator).
Currently it is examining how Virtual Reality can be integrated in the project in order to provide these individuals with the necessary training.
To help with this work, iHomeLab was given one of the first VR glasses from Oculus Rift. The initial tests have impressed the researchers: By using these VR glasses, you can experience virtual worlds in an unimaginably real way.
The Smart Rollator «iWalkActive»: A Success Story, 1. September 2016
The iWalkActive research project completed in 2015, which developed a smart Rollator, gained recognition in the international AAL Joint Programme. This programme financed the project and considered the outcome of the project to be so outstanding that it was honoured with a «Success Story». «Success Storys» are examples of outstanding projects whose ultimate results stand a very good chance of being sold in the market. Only around 10% of all projects funded by the AAL JP receive such an honour.
Techweek@HSLU: Pupils marveling at the iHomeLab, 12. Juli 2016
Within the Techweek@HSLU prgramme almost 40 pupils visited on July 12, 2016, the iHomeLab and marveled at the intelligent building. The technology week is held annually under the Youngetech programme of the Lucerne University. The iHomeLab enriches the programme as a part of its MINT initiative in order to increase young peoples curiosity for professions in the MINT sector (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology).
E-Glasses Evaluation and Integration Workshop, 29 August to 2 September
The E-Glasses project includes a research platform for Augmented Reality data glasses. The international project team will be meeting at iHomeLab at the end of August in order to consolidate the progress of development work and to integrate this work into a new glasses prototype.
In addition to absolute high-tech, skilled qualities were also required, for example, in assembling the prototypes. The frames originate from the 3-D printers and were assembled on site in Horw using the latest electronic components, which were provided by the project partners from all over Europe.
At the end of the week-long workshop, each member of the project team received a finished, functional prototype, which projected the Augmented Reality information onto the retina via a prism. The current prototype will be undergoing continuous improvements until the end of the project in December 2017, in order to ultimately create an optimum development platform for other projects with Augmented Reality data glasses.
In the picture gallery below, you can see some of the great moments enjoyed during this very productive session.
Usability Test for Smartphone Apps for the elderly at the iHomeLab
In Project ZocAALo a marketplace platform is developed, on which smartphone apps for the elderly can be developed and disseminated. A work package of the project drawn up a development environment for Smartphone Apps for the elderly. Recently a group of elderly was interviewed on iHomeLab on how they would prefer the design and operation of a smartphone app. The results of the test will be integrated into the next versions of the development environment to ensure that the so-developed Apps for seniors are easily and intuitively to use.
The iHomeLab is a founding member of the association «Vicino Luzern», June 21, 2016
Older people should be able to live in the city of Lucerne as long as possible in their familiar surroundings. To realize this vision, several well-known organizations including the iHomeLab founded on June 21, 2016 the association Vicino Lucerne. Doing so, the iHomeLab is expanding its network in the research area of Ambient Assisted Living, which aims to develop solutions for an independent and self-determined life in old age.
For more information, please refer to the press release of Vicino Lucerne (German).
Exciting sweepstake with cool prizes on Energie-Experten.ch, 31. May 2016
www.Energie-Experten.ch runs currently an exciting sweepstake in which with (relatively little, as experience shows) luck a world travel adapter from Skross with included USB charger can be won.
Energie-Experten are promoting sustainable energy use and show off their expert knowledge. Energie-Experten is partner of the iHomeLab.
Project E-Glasses presentation on «CHIST-ERA Projects Seminar», 28. - 29 April Bern
At the CHIST-ERA project seminar the iHomeLab showed a demo of the data goggles «E-Glasses» and was present with a poster at the poster session.
The Prototyp1 of the data goggles was first shown at the seminar . It features gesture recognition, temperature sensor, videorecording and marker detection. With these technologies, a «healthcare professional Assistant» application was developed which, for example, is able to contactlessly measure pulse ration, breathing rate or body temperature of a patient through the goggles.
In the coming months, a prototype 2 is to be developed, which will base on the Android software platform and all functions will be improved.
television report about the magic cube «Relaxed Care» on «Wohnraum TV» , 28. March 2016
The TV programme «Wohnraum TV» produced a TV report about the magic cube «Relaxed Care». Filming this took place at various locations on 14 March.
The report is broadcasted to the regional tv stations Tele 1, Tele Benr, Tele Züri, Tele M1, TSO, TVO and TV Oberwallis in week 13 (28.03.-03.04.2016). The broadcast starts on all channels on Monday between 17:28 and 17:35, except on TVO (on Tuesday, 17:30).
The exact schedule of the first broadcast and rebroadcasts by station can be seen here. Or simply watch the Clip below (in german language).
Final meeting project DALIA, 30. March 2016
DALIA aims to help older people to master everyday easier . For example, when searching for lost objects like keys or eyeglasses, or to remember to take the medication. It also provides support for informal carers (eg. relatives) or professional services.
On March 30, after three years of research work, the final meeting on the project took place at the iHomeLab. The results are obvious: The findigs were taken into a newly formed company
e-nnovation smart solutions
, were further developed and will be marketed in Germany a product called «E-mma» in the near future. e-nnovation is a spin-off of the exthex company which was a project partner in Dalia.
the positive cooperation with the partners in Dalia will be continued in two new projects: In the projects ZocAALo and My Life, My Way the iHomeLab
will develop with known and new project partners fresh solutions for independent living for the elderly.
Light & Building 2016, 16th und 17th March 2016, Messe Frankfurt
As part of the lecture series «efficient.buildings.live@l&b» Peter Kronenberg, responsible for BACnet testings at the iHomeLab, holds a lecture entitled:
BACnet Certification - product testing ensure safe systems
The presentation will take place on
Wednesday, 03.16.2016 at 16.00
Thursday, 03.17.2016 at 10.30
The lecture series will be held in Hall 9.0, B49.
6. Innovation Forum for Energy, 10th and 11th March 2016, Marriot Hotel Zürich
The independent Swiss forum for market players and decision makers from the energy sector wants to find innovations and solutions for the way into the energy future. It offers a development framework for new solutions and business models for the future of energy.
The iHomeLab has a presence at the event with a stand. At booth no. 1 it will be presenting the latest results of current energy research projects.
Dr. Rainer Kyburz, head of Energie Efficiency Research on iHomeLab enriches the event with a lecture. Entitled «Demand Response for Swiss service building» he informes about the findings, which were acquired in a BFE funded research project. The research group examined the load shifting potential in Swiss Public Sector Buildings. Dr. Kyburz presents the concept of the optimization software implemented by the iHomeLab, which works in conjunction with commercial building control systems and explaines based on simulation results that a high load shifting and power savings can be achieved without sacrificing comfort.
The lecture will be held at 13.30 on 11th March.
More information about the event can be found here
Start of new SOFE Project for the Monitoring of the Efficiency of Photovoltaic Systems, 1st February 2016
An optimised monitoring system for the installations to detect yield losses in photovoltaic systems at an early stage is the focus of research efforts for a new SFOE pilot project at the iHomeLab, working in collaboration with BE-Netz AG and EGON AG.
Most of the photovoltaic installations (PV installations) in Switzerland have a monitoring system, which records the production of energy and often also monitors the inverter. Other causes, such as a string failure or the pollution of the installation will only be recognised at great additional expense. The newly developed monitoring system from the company EGON AG is designed to remedy this situation by calculating the target production of an installation on the basis of the latest weather data and compares these results with the actual production. This means that, for example, yield losses caused by a string failure can be detected at an early stage and may even be avoided. In this pilot project, the EGON system is to be tested on the PV installations supplied by BE Netz AG and optimised with the help of the iHomeLab of the University of Lucerne.
The iHomeLab is managing the project, and is on hand in an advisory capacity for the planning and implementation of the tests. It is also developing proposals for optimising the system on the basis of the data analysis.
Start of new CTI Project «WiZee», 1st February 2016
iHome Lab and Landis+Gyr to collaborate in Swiss Federally Funded Wizee-Project for Research & Development of Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS).
The Swiss Federal Funding Agency KTI has recently agreed to award significant funding to a joint R&D program between Landis+Gyr and the iHomeLab, on a Wizard for optimal management of Electrical Energy in the prosumer home (Wizee). The program officially kicks off on Feb 1st 2016, running for 18 months.
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) are solutions incorporating products and services for monitoring, analysis, visualization and control of energy in the home. This definition includes demand response and supply response programs, home automation services, personal energy management, data analysis and visualization, auditing, and related security services.
Numerous HEMS pilots, projects and products have been developed previous to Wizee. The core differentiator of the current R&D effort will be a focus on «Future HEMS», introducing the transactive energy model as the means by which the integration of renewables will be achieved. Research results will be grounded in actual user data collected from real building environments, as well as data simulation. The investigation will go beyond system optimization which is well studied, but on machine learning of user behavioural patterns, and the development of forecasting and control algorithms trained on home energy data.
SGG National Congress, focusing @ old technology, 28 to 29 January 2016 Fribourg
Technical solutions can help ensure that people can live independently into very old age. Their use is controversial: what are your options and what are the limits? What are the experiences in science and practice? What ethical questions have been raised? And what is your own opinion?
At the national SGG Congress not only presenting solutions or a certain attitude towards technology are explored. It focuses rather on a more differentiated discussion with the lecturers and the participants.
Rolf Kistler, head of research at the AAL iHomeLab holds on
01.28.2016, 14: 40-15: 30 clock a lecture titled «Sensors for seniors - people and technology go hand in hand»
and takes part
29.1.2016 at 9:30 clock on the panel discussion «More technology, more autonomy?».
Location: University Miséricorde Fribourg, Aula Magna
The twentythousandth visitor of the iHomeLab is among fifty little Girl Researchers!
As part of a group visit of fifty technically interested girls to the intelligent building on the campus of the Lucerne University, the twenty thousandth visitor was welcomed.
The primary and secondary pupils visited the iHomeLab on the occasion of the National Future Day «Mädchen Technik Los». Following the guided tour, they experienced a big surprise: James, the virtual butler of the iHomeLab announced that among the group, the twenty thousandth visitor of iHomeLab could be found and that now a surprise would be waiting for all of them. The surprise presented itself in form of a groovy disco with a gummy bears buffet and every girl was given a cool gift to take home.
The Super E-Walker «iWalkActive» as a special exhibit at the Zukunft Alter Trade Fair (23 - 25 October 2015, Lucerne)
The trade fair for a high quality way of life and activities with a purpose during retirement – here you will find information, suggestions and offers for an active lifestyle in the golden years of life. 50 or 60 - younger or older: ZUKUNFT ALTER has become the meeting place for anybody and everybody who is interested in the Third Age – be it for the near or more distant future.
The iHomeLab has been invited to present a prototype of the Super E-Walker «iWalkActive» as part of a special exhibit. It can be tried out and tested over both rough and smooth terrain on a track at stand no. 188. In addition to this main attraction, the iHomeLab will be presenting other research projects, which explore solutions for a longer independent way of life in the comfort of our own homes.
Rolf Kistler, Head of the Research Division «Ambient Assisted Living», who explores this subject area, will be giving a talk on the 23rd and 25th of October 2015, at 15:00 on the topic of «No place like home - Can technology really help me stay longer in the comfort of my own home?».
The iHomeLab team is looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors.
Website of the trade fair «Zukunft Alter»
Impressions of the AAL Forum 2015
AAL Forum, 22nd to 24th Septermber 2015, Ghent, Belgium
The AAL Forum 2015 in Ghent, in Belgium, is the annual conference for the growing AAL community. It provides a platform for meetings and discussions geared towards improving the AAL Joint Programme and its projects, as well as commercialising AAL products.
The iHomeLab will be presenting the current progress of the following nine research projects at Booth number 4: iWalkActive, Revolution, Dalia, Care4Balance, YouDo, Trans.Safe, eGlasses and Carer Support. In addition, we are presenting the winning project of the last year's AAL Award, "Confidence", as well as this years nominee "Relaxed Care".
The researchers at the iHomeLab will be only too happy to provide you with more in-depth information about the individual projects and technologies or discuss new ideas for research collaborations.
As Session Chair, Andreas Rumsch, Senior Researcher at the iHomeLab, will be presenting and hosting the "3rd Workshop on bringing together indoor and outdoor mobility solutions". On the 24th of September, from 9 am to 5 pm.
The iHomeLab is presenting the "Marktplatz" at Ineltec, 9. - 11. September 2015, Basel
Dieter von Arx, Deputy Head of iHomeLab, will be presenting "Marktplatz Focus Building Automation" on September 8th
Rainer Kyburz, Head of Energy Efficiency Research at the iHomeLab will be presenting the "Marktplatz Focus Energy" on 11th
Both events take place between 12.30 and 13.30 h at Hall 1.1. on Ineltec Forum B20.
User test "Dalia"
Dalia is an app that works as an assistant to make it easier for elderly people to cope with everyday life. For example, looking for lost/misplaced items such as keys, glasses, or taking medication. In addition, it provides support for informal carers (e.g. relatives) as well as professional services.
In August 2015, five elderly people (seniors) tested the current development status of the app at the iHomeLab. The app can be installed on a smartphone, tablet, or TV. They tested how easy it was to use in relation to their age group; for example, diary entries were recorded, contacts were added and the feature to search for objects was tested.
Numerous features were highly praised. Room for improvement was noted with the diary entries, and these have already been implemented in the meantime on the basis of the users’ suggestions.
Project Dalia is an EU-funded project of the AAL Joint Programme, which will continue to run into March 2016.
Summer University for Sustainable Future, 10. - 21. August 2015, Sundsvall SE
The iHomeLab will accompany a group of students of the Lucerne University, plus various international project teams
at the Summer University in 2015 on the topic of "Sustainable Future".
At the Summer University students will develop in interdisciplinary projects solutions for a sustainable future. More information about the program can be found on the website of the Summer University.
Aliaksei Andrushevich, Senior Researcher at the iHomeLab accompains and supervises the teams in the second week of August 14 to 21 2015th.
200 years Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), iHomeLab guided tours on 6th to 7th August 2015
The Academy of Natural Sciences Switzerland (SCNAT) celebrates in 2015 its 200th anniversary. The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
participates with the event "Research live" to this anniversary. From 5th to 8th August, it provides an insight into different fields of activity.
Among others, on 6th and 7th August between 10.00 and 15.00, the iHomeLab is open for visitors. Registration is not necessary.
More information about "Research live".
iHomeLab Project for the third Time Finalist at the AAL Awards, 5. August 2015
A great honor for the research activity in the field Ambient Assisted Living at the iHomeLab: After projects with participation of the iHomeLab having already won in 2013 and 2014, another project of the iHomeLab is among the three finalists in 2015.
The project "Relaxed Care" was selected from numerous projects to fight at the finals at the AAL Forum 2015, which of 22 - will take place September 24 in Ghent (Belgium), for the coveted AAL Award.
AAL stands for "Ambient Assisted Living", an EU research programme for technically assisted living for the elderly. The projects, which are funded under this program, help to enable elderly people to live longer in their own homes. The iHomeLab has 12 ongoing projects in the research area of Ambient Assisted Living and has already won the AAL Award in 2013 and 2014. The winner will be presented on September 24th.
More Information about the AAL Research at the iHomeLab.
Clean and Renewed: the iHomeLab shines in a new luster, 4th August 2015
After a three-week general revision the iHomeLab shines in new luster and comes with revised technology. The aluminum facade was not only completely cleaned but also technically revised.
Inside, walls and ceilings shine in fresh white and the devices of the multimedia system have been replaced by state of the art equipment. All shows on the 8 meter wide big screen will now be presented in Full-HD.
A good reason to visit the iHomeLab again. Register here.
General overhaul at the iHomeLab, closed between 21st of July to 4th August 2015
1,500 events with nearly 20,000 visitors in the last six years have certainly taken their toll on iHomeLab. It’s time to muscle in with some maintenance work. iHomeLab will therefore be closed between the 21st of July and the 4th of August. Some of the work being done will include equipping the adaptive, intelligent façade, the entrance gate and the multimedia facilities with the latest technology.
Not only smart but nicely decked out, too. As from the 5th of August, the intelligent building will sparkle again in all its former glory and our doors will be open to visitors as usual from Monday to Friday.
Book a tour now!
Input Lecture for the Workshop Series "Zurich as a Smart City", 02 July 2015, Zurich
The event is part of a wider series of workshops on the topic "Zurich as a Smart City" and is organized by a working group composed of representatives of ewz, the Office of Information and computer science (OIT) and IBM . Objective: Develop a Smart City Vision and Strategy for Zurich.
Rainer Kyburz, Head of Energy Efficiency Research at the iHomeLab will hold a lecture for the 3rd Workshop with focus on energy, environment and mobility entitled
Smart Building in the Smart City
The presentation will focus on the following topics:
- What is "smart"?
- Application examples for energy efficiency in the Smart City
- Energy Efficiency and Smart Building
- Success Factors
Reviewed Paper: Intelligent Life in the Future, Springer Verlag, 10th June 2015
Swiss cities are expecting a 10-25% growth in population by 2030. Due to the lack of space, only ecology-minded concentrations are possible in Switzerland. Demographic change is another noticeable trend. Babyboomers are approaching retirement age and life expectancy is continuously increasing while the number of nursing staff and nursing homes remains the same. As a result, people will live longer within their own four walls, and increasing demands for individuality and independence will also be a part of getting older. New solutions for intelligent living are being asked for to meet these challenges and at the same time manage natural resources in an environmentally friendly way. Miniaturisation and downscaling as the basis of our technological developments makes it possible for sensors, actuators, control components and microelectronic systems to now be seamlessly integrated into smart subsystems, components and devices.
At the same time, new approaches of Web 3.0 make it possible for distributed systems and subcomponents to link up and work together to make active, or even proactive environments. This smart building automation facilitates both clever and flexible distribution and use of rooms on the one hand, and energy-efficient schemes without compromising on the comfort in houses of the future on the other hand. Using the Internet of things for the intelligent linking of information from different walks of life inside and outside of buildings should continue to increase the quality of life in the future. As part of a requirement to design the city of the future, these new, smart systems will generate multiple added value. They will be able to contribute to both the intensification of the interaction between people and buildings (Human–Building-Interaction), in order to preserve and promote mobility and reduce energy consumption, and also reduce costs in the health care sector.
Read the complete paper (in German)
Download the Paper from Springer Verlag
8th International Conference on Human System Interaction HSI'2015, 25th to 27th June 2015, Warsaw
The HSI Conference covers research topics relating to the interaction between hardware, software and user. The Conference hopes to inspire and stimulate the visitors to develop new ideas and solutions to work out standards for future interaction between people and the system. The Conference will focus not solely on theories, it will also provide practical insights into the interaction between people and systems. For example, production, transport, logistics, medical treatment, personal care and hygiene (care for old people, the elderly and disabled), tele-health, education, economy, politics, home or remote monitoring.
iHomeLab is conducting research in various projects in the field of HSI and will enrich the Conference with these contributions:
Dr. Kerstin Wessig, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab will be giving a keynote speech on 25th of June 2015 at 14:00 - 14:50 entitled "Self evolutory systems and the kinetics of aging".
Aliaksei Andrushevich will be presenting the scientific paper: "Interactions with recognised patients using smart glasses" on 25th of June 2015 at 15:50 – 16:10 in Session 6.
The presentations will be published here following the Conference.
iHomeLab Partner-Event, 6th May 2015
This year's partner event was again very successful. The numerous guests were informed about the activities of the iHomeLab in 2014.
The presentation of our three outstanding research projects "HEARO", "ufeel" and our rock n' rollator "iWalkActive " aroused great interest among the partners. The in summer 2014 enlarged and rebuilt iHomeLab Research Center offered the apropriate setting.
During the subsequent aperitif new contacts were made, existing ones cultivated and news were exchanged .
Impressions of the event in the gallery below.
Energy Luzern Apero visiting the iHomeLab, 29th April 2015
The energy-aperitifs offer to a broad target group neutral and profound information from the field of energy. The energy-aperitifs illuminate various topics from research to commercial applications, from the policy and legislation to the local implementation of production or conversion on supplies as well as any conceivable use of energy.
On 29th April 2015 about 60 interested people visited the iHomeLab and the Your + prototype on the Campus in Horw.
IAGG-ER Congress: International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, European Region Congress, Dublin Ireland, 23rd to 26th April 2015
Increasing longevity, which means living longer, is surely a cause of celebration. Longevity celebration, however, is followed by many challenges. The Dublin Congress with the theme of ‘Unlocking the Demographic Dividend’ is expected to give a global insight and vision to transform the challenges of population ageing to a celebration for humankind.
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wessig, Senior Researcher at the iHomeLab, will hold a lecture within the symposium " Scope of Benefits of Assistive Technologies" at the Convention Centre Dublin in Liffey Hall 2 on
23rd April 2015 between 12:30 - 14 h
entitled "Developing innovative assistive Technologies together with End Users".
The abstract of the lecture will be available for download here after the congress.
MINT Power at the iHomeLab: The IT girls to visit, 13th April 2015
The Lucerne University - Engineering and Architecture has developed a three-day holiday program, where young women can discover the different facets of computer science. In this way, the University wants to increasingly inspire young women to technical professions.
The program included a visit to the iHomeLab. Peter Kronenberg introduced twenty amazed girls into the secrets of an intelligent building.
The iHomeLab is involved in various areas to increase young people's interest in MINT-subjects (MINT stands for mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology).
Congress Vernetzes Gesundheitswesen, Kantonsspital Luzern, 25th March 2015
the conference focuses on the hospital digital networking for cross-institutional data exchange, referring physicians, integrated care.
Dr. med. Kerstin Wessig, researcher at iHomeLab, is holding at 15.30 a lecture entitled "Internet of Things, socio-technical systems in the context of the Integrated Supply ".
The event takes place at the Kantonsspital Luzern, Main Building Lecture Hall, 3rd floor.
After the conference, you can download the presentation here.
Smart Home Congress, Trafohalle Baden, 19th March 2015
The topic of the Smart Home Congress is "Networking in the home area – pointers to trends and solutions for residential buildings"
The conference tackles the problem of the differing communication structures and protocols involved in the smart home and presents exciting practical examples from companies operating successfully in this area of business.
Visionary thinkers show how they are approaching the future today and what trends are emerging.
Dr. med Kerstin Wessig, senior researcher at the iHomeLab, will be giving a presentation at 11.45 entitled “Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants and Your Home”.
User Test: The Super walker iWalkActive is checked thoroughly, 9th March 2015
Electro drive, navigation system, off-road capability: In theory, these features of the smart walker "iWalkActive" seem extremely helpful. But how do older people perceive these technical features in use?
In order to find an answers to these questions, the project team invited a group of senior citizens to Horw. As a part of the user tests the older persons filled in a survey to find out how proven technology is accepted in everyday use.
The results of the survey will be evaluated at the moment and are incorporated into the future development of the rollator.
SwissRe event: Transforming Healthcare - Presentation by K. Wessig & R. Kistler, 24th February 2015
An ageing population, the increasing spread of chronic diseases, rising costs of healthcare, shortage of healthcare personnel. Healthcare systems all over the world are under pressure. The Swiss-Re event "Transforming Healthcare" will endeavour to develop solutions to these problems.
iHomeLab is pleased that the two iHomeLab scientific assistants Dr. Kerstin Wessig and Rolf Kistler were invited to present the iHomeLab's research work as part of the group theme "Telemedicine and E-Health: Supporting Care Everywhere".
The presentation entitled "Socio-technical systems and integrated care for ambient assisted living" will be held on 24 February 2015 at 15:20.
Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
You will find further information on the event here.
iHomeLab has been commissioned by the KliK Foundation to conduct testing on products which help to save energy in buildings, 16th February 2015
KliK, the Foundation for Climate Protection and Carbon Offset, is the sector-wide carbon offset grouping within the framework of the Swiss CO₂ Law. It fulfils the legal obligation of the mineral oil companies who market fossil fuels for consumption to offset some of the carbon emissions created by the use of these fuels.
To this end it supports projects in Switzerland which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consequently makes an active contribution to sustainable climate protection.
iHomeLab has been commissioned by the KliK Foundation to conduct testing on products used in the indoor climate control of buildings which are heated by fossil fuels.
If these meet the conformity requirements they are approved for applications to receive subsidies.
Prototype 2 of the smart rollator iWalkActive, 14th February 2015
2 years of research have gone into the second prototype of the “Rock’n Rollator”. The new prototype can do everything the first one was already able to do: provide support for older people in being able to walk, not just uphill but downhill as well (motorised braking) and straight ahead. The iWalkActive can for example carry shopping, providing the user with the necessary support. Or when walking ‘over hill and dale’ the rollator copes easily with obstacles in the way. It is now also equipped with a mechanical brake which can be used in addition to the motorised brake (e.g. for emergency stops).
The sensor system responsible for the motorised support control unit has been totally overhauled: in place of two large, black housings which were mounted on the frame, the system has now been integrated into the handles. The controls have also been radically simplified. A single control panel now provides intuitive control for all functions.
The navigation unit is now integrated in the 2nd prototype. This has been developed over the past two years and now been released for use in the test phase. The plan is to conduct targeted testing of the operation and reliability of the indoor and outdoor navigation. The navigation is being equipped with additional functions specifically designed for the needs of older people. In future this will enable the user to be guided to key locations (e.g. the nearest WC) or make a call to the emergency services. There will of course also be a conventional navigation system, guiding the user to a predefined destination.
The new version was produced by the project partner TRIKON Solutions AG from Neuhausen. It is a pre-production quality version, very closely resembling the product which is intended to be offered for sale in the future.
Two new projects from the AAL Joint Programme, 13.2.2015
The demographic trend and declining health amongst the elderly will put great pressure on the healthcare system in the future. Change and innovation is therefore essential. The ratio between older people and those who can provide support is expected to be halved in the OECD countries by the year 2050.
As a result of other factors, such as increasing urbanization and migration, older people are increasingly living alone. Today's welfare provision and care systems will no longer be able to cope with these challenges. Under the heading of "Care for the Future", Call 2014 of the AAL Joint Programme deals amongst other things with the financing, development and implementation of IT-based solutions for promoting new and sustainable models of care provision for older people.
The "Home4Dem" project is conducting research into a solution for supporting people with dementia within their own homes. The solution includes various sensors, providing direct support for the individual with dementia e.g. in taking regular medication or meals. It will also involve care organisations and carers from the individual’s personal environment. The system supports these personnel in the provision of care and in the areas of safety and prevention. Home4Dem will last for 30 months and is being conducted by a European consortium of 9 partners.
A platform is being created as part of the "ZocAALo" project with the aim of helping to market smartphone apps specially designed for older people. On the one side the platform comprises a "marketplace" for offering apps exclusively for the target group. The user-friendliness of these apps will be assessed beforehand. In addition, the platform supports developers of apps aimed at older people, for example by providing format templates or development kits. The platform is highly customizable so e.g. care organizations can combine a selection of useful apps into their own app and make this available to their customers.
ZocAALo will run for 36 months and is being conducted by a European consortium of 7 partners.
New record: nearly 300 events in the iHomeLab, 10 th February 2015
2014 was a particularly busy year for the iHomeLab Event Team: the two Event Managers and five scientific assistant which give visitors a guided tour of iHomeLab, catered for nearly 300 events with just under 4000 visitors. That’s a new record.
In its sixth year of operation iHomeLab continues to enjoy unbridled popularity. It appears that the themes presented in the Smart Home strike an accurate chord.
Whether it’s schoolrooms, companies, organisations, associations or older people: how we can save energy thanks to an intelligent building, live independently in our own home into old age or increase the convenience and comfort of home living, is of obvious interest to people across all age groups and social strata.
Interested? To register click here.
A broad range of topics in the iHomeLab for all age groups and social strata
The smart rollator «iWalkActive» at the 9th Swiss Innovation Forum, 20.11.2014
The Rock n'Rollator «iWalkActive» was selected to represent the research carried out at Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences at the Swiss Innovation Forum.
In conjunction with two other projects, one of which is also being carried out by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, the aim is demonstrate the purpose and benefits of application-orientated and industry-related research to the visitors.
«iWalkActive» is an internationally award-winning research project from the EU's AAL Joint Programme. Under the leadership of iHomeLab an international consortium of research institutes is developing an intelligent rollator aimed at improving the mobility of active, older people thanks to the electric drive unit and navigation system geared to the needs of older persons.
Visit the iHomeLab stand in the Congress Center Basel on Stand no. 5 at «Future Expo».
You will find more information on «iWalkActive» by going to the
. Further information on the Swiss Innovation Forum can be found on the SIF-website.
Article on iHomeLab in the Coopzeitung, 18th November 2014
Switzerland's largest weekly newspaper, the Coopzeitung, reports on the Smart Home theme in its 18 November 2014 edition. Part of this article is an interview with the expert, Prof. Alexander Klapproth, Head of iHomeLab.
A special page on the theme of iHomeLab has been placed on the
Alumni Homecoming Night, KKL Lucerne, 15th November 2014
The Alumni Homecoming Night is dedicated to the following topic:
Digital future – where will this leave humans?
Will people in the future be able to benefit from the achievements of the digital world or will we become slaves of a force which controls us? Opportunity or risk: it (still) appears that there are no boundaries being placed on the digital world.
Professor Alexander Klapproth debates with David Bosshart (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institut), Sylvia Egli von Matt (Vice President of the Federal Media Commission), Rahel El-Maawi (HSLU). Chairman: Oliver Kuhn, Tele1.
Study for the International Energy Agency IEA, 12.11.2014
iHomeLab is studying the influence of the Internet of Things (also known as IoT or M2M) on energy consumption. iHomeLab was commissioned under implementation agreement «4E - Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment» of the International Energy Agency to study the influence of the Internet of Things on the energy consumption of approximately 200* networked everyday items per person in the industrialised nations in the year 2020.
At the same time proposals were put forward on how to minimise the level of consumption. The mandate for the study was awarded to iHomeLab because, amongst other things, it has extensive expertise in the area of sensor networks, energy monitoring or the Internet of Things. The project will last 18 months.
In 2015, the iHomeLab will be organising a congress for energy efficiency in domestic appliances and lighting, 12.11.2014
The 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting - EEDAL 2015 will be held from 26 - 28.8.2015 on the Campus of the Hochschule Luzern, Technik & Architektur in Horw.
iHomeLab is organising the congress in conjunction with European Commission for Renewable Energy and Transport and on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. The aim of the Congress is to promote the manufacture of energy-saving domestic appliances, domestic installations and lighting.
It will also deal with the theme of how smart appliances can be integrated into the intelligent electricity network «Smart Grid» in the future. The Smart Grid will control the amount of energy available from renewable sources, store and switch loads to ensure optimum use of energy.
For the second time after 2013 a project of the iHomeLab wins the AAL Award, 12.09.2014, Bucharest
After already winning in 2013 with «iWalkActive» another project of the iHomeLab, «Confidence» wins the AAL Award.
The smartphone app "Confidence" simplifies the life of people with mild to moderate dementia.The app is the result of a European AAL research project in which the iHomeLab of the Lucerne University is involved. According to the jury, Confidence is an innovative and very user friendly app, that shows large market opportunities.
The iHomeLab, together with the project partners, is very pleased about the latest success!
Siemens Global Key Experts Forum at iHomeLab, 25.9.2014
Siemens and its global key experts in building technology paid a visit to iHomeLab and held a two-day seminar on the Campus in Horw.
As part of the two-day workshop, Siemens’ key experts discussed what the future of building technology might look like.
iHomeLab is pleased to welcome this prominent group of experts to Horw.
iHomeLab team wins the «Young Researchers Award» at the AAL Forum, 09.12.2014, Bucharest
The presentation of the business idea «ARTS - Activity Recognition and Trending Solutions» was most convincing to the jury. The «Young Researchers Award» is presented annually at the end of the «Young Researchers Workshop». He is presented to the best business idea with the largest market opportunities.
ARTS describes the concept for an activity recognition for care of elderly people in their home environment.
Within the workshop, the product was developed, including business model and marketing concept. The presentation was aimed at (fictitious) investors to which a "start-up-ready" Idea was presented.
Conversation series «Housing» on Regional Journal Central Switzerland, 10.9.2014
The discussion series illuminates various aspects of the topic of "living". From 29.9. - 10.10. at 17.30 an interview will be conducted with a guest who deals with the topic in a certain form.
On 10.10. at 17.30 Professor Alexander Klapproth, Head of iHomeLab, will talk about research at iHomeLab and the future of living.
Listen it here