Could this house monitor your health in the future?

If you’ve ever wondered what houses will be like in the future, you may be able to find out thanks to a project being conducted by the University of Bristol.

The Sphere (Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment) project uses different sensors to gain a holistic view into how people’s home lives affect their health. The various sensors are designed to monitor a range of factors which could affect health outcomes. This includes predicting falls, looking at sedentary behaviour, detecting correlations between diet and sleep, measuring movement and detecting anxiety and depression. To test the technology in real-life settings the sensors have been deployed across homes in Bristol.

The project is being conducted in partnership with British City Council, IBM, Toshiba and Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC).

Now, the Sphere project has opened up a 21st century house to the public until the end of August.

The University of Bristol has partnered up with the We The Curious science centre in Bristol to create the house, which will show off the technology which could potentially power our houses in the future.

The house has been launched as part of the Festival of What If and is available to see until 31 August. Visitors will be able to interact with the different sensors to see how they work and how the data gathered from them will be used within healthcare.

Professor Ian Craddock, director of Sphere, said: “Sphere contains many advanced technologies such as sensors and Artificial Intelligence but it is also a remarkable story of many people in the region who have generously given their time and effort to help the University address big problems that we all face, such as ageing populations.

“We are delighted to be showcasing Sphere in one of the one of the UK’s biggest interactive science centres and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the high-tech house.  We hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to take part in a real research project during their visit.”






Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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