PALO ALTO, Calif. – Internet of Things software company People Power and the University of California Berkeley are using a $4.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to research how technology in the home can support caregivers of people with dementia.
People Power, which provides artificial intelligence-based smart home solutions for the energy and security industries, will leverage its expertise to develop commercial care solutions for the home based on collaborative research with Dr. Robert Levenson at UC Berkeley.
Levenson will use state-of-the-art research methodologies to assess emotional functioning in people with dementia and their caregivers, as well as evaluate the effects of People Power’s connected in-home services at the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory.
“We can help people care for their loved ones using smart home services that reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness,” said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power.
Built on People Power’s intelligent home security solutions, the customized service will use sensors to monitor health, daily activities and personal safety, as well as encourage social integration. It’s slated to launch next year.
Wang said People Power’s expertise in smart home solutions helps them solve health challenges for seniors and their care providers. He believes a wider adoption of technology like theirs depends on solutions that constantly learn while minimizing the stigma and obstacles related to wearable devices.
“With artificial intelligence and a few wirelessly connected motion sensors positioned in the home, we can better understand the activities and behaviors of persons living with dementia to address their unmet needs,” he said. “We believe that creating an intelligent care-monitoring product that requires no wearable technology and that can be easily and inexpensively deployed has the potential to revolutionize the home health care industry.”