Amiqual4Home is geared towards proposing useful everyday services and objects as well as efficient energy management. In this respect, the Smart Habitat living lab will completely change our homes and their equipment. In this vein, a former caretaker’s apartment was transformed into a genuine “lab” where original “services-objects” are developed.
As an example, the “Where is my stuff?” project should help absent-minded people to find their belongings in their closets. “Can’t find your jacket? Sensors will allow you to track the history of when and where objects were used in order to keep an updated inventory of the contents of your closets,” explains James Crowley, head of the Amiqual4Home project. This opens the way to many other applications: How many garbage bags do you have left? Do you need more coffee? Etc. Food advice is another idea being studied. What can I cook with what I have left in the fridge? What should I eat on priority and what is going to expire soon? All sort of “services-advice” can be considered. “In the future, we will be able to get assistance in the way we dress based on the weather and the content of our wardrobe for instance as well as advice on what to eat, etc. However, we can also imagine a room that starts to vacuum clean itself because it thinks that it is dirty!”