It may soon be possible to enter your home as a favorite song plays, the temperature is perfect and a voice asks you how your day went. Based on your answer, a chain of events will take place to condition your environment to suit your mood. No matter if it is the latest news, an update on your loved ones or a report on how your retired father is doing, the Aware Home will be there for you. Take our quiz to see if you are aware.
What is ubiquitous computing as applied to a home situation?
A computer that seems to be everywhere at the same time is referred to as ubiquitous computing.
Ubiquitous computing is imbedded computers operating together to anticipate needs and simplify lives.
Ubiquitous computing is a method of linking computers to solve complex problems by shared processing.
How would a home set up with ubiquitous computing track the whereabouts of occupants?
RFID tags in labels
both of the above
To what does the term "sandwich generation" apply?
Sandwich generation is a term applying to adults who have elderly parents and children living with them.
Sandwich generation is a term applying to schoolchildren attending schools without meal programs.
Sandwich generation is a modern term replacing brown bagger or someone that carries a lunch to work.
What is another issue in addition to double care responsibilities that the sandwich generation has to deal with?
rising debt and lower income
working full time
What is a common term coined to describe elderly people who want to remain in their own homes versus a retirement home or with their children?
aging in place
What educational institution has been running an ongoing study into making a home aware of its residents, their activities and their needs?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
What is the name of the project where practical experience is gained by studying installed technologies?
Aware Home project
Smart Home project
Ubiquitous Home project
In what year did the Aware Home Research initiative commence?
How large is the Aware Home that houses the aware Home Initiative?
6,000 square feet (557sqm)
5,000 square feet
4,000 square feet
Is the Aware Home Research Initiative (AWHI) simply focused on computer technology?
Yes, the AWHI program focuses primarily on computer innovation.
No, the AWHI program focuses on wide-ranging fields of research.
AWHI is focused only on computers, human interfaces and assisted living architecture.
What are the primary research goals of the AWHI at the Aware Home?
A primary research goal is to discover technologies that all ages of people have ability to use in everyday life.
A primary research goal is to discover technologies that all ages of people have a desire to utilize daily.
Both of the above.
What is a recognized issue surrounding development of any sophisticated Aware Home that can track and record everything going on in a home?
concern about big brother watching
the privacy of a home’s occupants is of major concern
concern that if an Aware Home’s systems crashed or became unstable it could affect occupant safety
What impact is the aging of baby boomers having on the research focus of the Aware Home Research initiative?
Development of systems to help seniors living alone or with another senior deal with chronic conditions.
Development of systems with retro interfaces for example CD players that look like jukeboxes.
Researchers have determined that technology has not advanced enough to serve most baby boomers.
What else could a well designed Aware Home do for its occupants to save them some valuable time?
An Aware Home can help you to locate essential items quickly to save some valuable time.
An Aware Home can order your groceries and trigger delivery when someone arrives at home.
An Aware Home can keep adolescents going out or using a TV or computer until homework is completed.
What is another area where incorporating Aware Home technology can be financially rewarding?