It was announced recently that Amazon Echo AI-connected devices will begin to search the NHS website automatically when asked health-related questions. Attempting to reduce the strain on doctors and pharmacists, it has been said that this new development will help patients to embrace technology and empower them to solve simple symptom queries at home.
This is part of a growing trend in homes across the country, and it doesn’t seem like it will be very long until they are integrated, at least in some regard, throughout every property. Smartphones and tablets are already welcoming health-centric apps onto their platforms, with thousands of training and food-monitoring apps available across iPhone and Android.
Not only will these pieces of kit help to streamline the daily routines of those at home, but they can also help to stay on top of a positive, healthy lifestyle. By 2050, the number of people aged of 65 is due to increase to 1.5 billion, and so it is essential that we think of new and innovative ways to use our everyday technology to our advantage. Making adjustments to the home is an excellent first step.
Here are some of the other ways in which smart tech can help to aid personal wellbeing in the home.
One growing trend in the UK currently is the increase in numbers of elderly people moving to the city. Selling their larger homes in favour of smaller, more manageable apartments will help those with illness and mobility issues, as they will be on the doorstep of a range of different restaurants and attractions to live socially. Minimalist apartments that cater around the lives of the tenant, rather than getting in the way with unnecessary furniture and garish décor, are what investors and developers should strive for, as It has been proven that they can be beneficial for mental health if the home isn’t over cluttered.
RW Invest have new development projects in Liverpool, which are perfect examples of what both students and pensioners wanting to live in a city might look for. Their One Baltic Square properties, for example, are set to offer five individual buildings within walking distance of the city centre, with modern designs that will be able to intelligently integrate tech as it becomes more widely adopted by the tenant.
Security in the home is of paramount importance to most people. All of us have the right to feel safe in our homes, and smart tech can give both tenants and landlords that added peace-of-mind. Developments in smart security include motion-activated spotlights, smart cameras and video doorbells. Again, integrating the smartphone, video cameras allow tenants to view what’s happening in the home with full audio while away, giving them peace of mind.
Not getting the right amount of natural light each day can have an adverse effect on your body physically, and it can also affect things such as mood and productivity. Smart lighting, particularly colour changing varieties, can be used to make sure that you’re getting the right light, or not straining yourself. Smart lighting can also be paired up with other devices in the home, such as the previously mentioned Amazon Echo devices, in order to keep you on a better sleep schedule and routine. Tenants can set them to dim or turn themselves off at specific points in the evening if you want to go to bed early, or even pair them with an alarm to prepare you for the week ahead.