Category Archives: 03.Aware Home Visit

Container Terminal Altenwerder, Germany

This is in Altenwerder, Germany. I realize its not a Aware Home but its more like an Aware Port. One of the largest ports in the world its almost fully automated and uses minimal man power with remote controlled crane and self routing trucks. This was done to offset the high cost of labor in off-shift hours.


ShareTable @ Aware Home

Posted by Jee Yeon Hwang

I’ve seen various technologies at the Aware Home: Powerline-supported in-home wireless sensing and localization, digital family portrait, and etc. Among them, the most interesting project is ShareTable. I worked for the ShareTable project in my first semester.

ShareTable consists of a shared surface that records any tabletop interaction and projects it onto the paired table in the other home. This allows the user to interact with physical artifacts (e.g. games) on his or her side of the table and view any tabletop activity of the other person.

AgeLab : MIT trying to solve the problem of aging

The world’s population is aging at a staggering rate. The 50+ population is the fastest growing segment worldwide and predicted life-expectancies are at a historical high.

  • An American turns 50 once every seven seconds.
  • Within the next few years, 50% of the European Union’s population will be 65+.
  • By 2030, in Italy, retirees will outnumber active workers.
  • By 2050, the median age in Thailand will rise to 50.

Let’s see how MIT is going about solving this problem. Should Georgia Tech expand its Aware Home initiative to include some research in this area?

Visit the website to read more:

– Ramakrishnan

PlaceLab MIT: context-aware computing at home

This is an initiative by MIT and TIAX LLC to experiment with new research ideas and to create a test bed to prototype and test new products. This is very similar to the Aware Home initiative that we have at Georgia Tech. I thought of posting this here since it is relevent after the Aware Home visits and showcases similar experiments that are being conducted at other universities.

One of the experiments going on in PlaceLab is about context-aware computing. an excerpt from the website goes something like this:

“We believe that environmental sensors combined with wearable sensors may offer the most potential for automatic recognition of everyday activity to enable new generations of context-aware computing devices. We are developing algorithms that automatically detect some activities from portable biometric and motion sensors. We have created software that runs on PocketPC devices and can be used to collect data using context-aware experience sampling – where sensors automatically trigger a computing devices to ask a volunteer a set of questions in a particular situation. This software is being used both for studies of people and technology in natural environments such as homes and workplaces as well as to collect data needed to develop new context detection algorithms.”

Recognizing and remembering Activities - Memento

“Memento”  is a prototype context-triggered reminder system, which presents users with “3 best guesses” about what they are currently doing and lets them associate an audio reminder with the most appropriate choice. The system uses Hidden Markov Models and the MITes to infer activity context.

Prof. Gregory Abowd at Georgia Tech also worked on something very similar to this.

– Ramakrishnan

eco-home Products – Provide Easy Energy Savings

Lutron Electronics launches the eco-home line of products – making it easier than ever for consumers to save energy while adding ambiance to their home.

Composed of the following products, the eco-home line helps homeowners reduce their energy consumption to conserve both natural and financial resources.

  • eco-dim® dimmers: This line of dimmers guarantee a minimum reduction in energy consumption of 15% and an increase in light bulb life by at least three times when replacing a standard switch. This is achieved by setting the maximum light output to 85% instead of 100% brightness, a barely perceptible change to the human eye. The increase in bulb life results in fewer light bulb changes and fewer light bulbs in landfills.

Offered in Ariadni®, Diva®, Maestro®, Skylark® and Rotary dimmer styles, eco-dim dimmers are available starting at a suggested list price of $14.60.

  • eco-minder™ dimmers: Lutron’s innovative, new, eco-minder dimmers feature an LED display that provides the user with instant feedback when they are saving at least 15% energy and extending bulb life by three times, allowing them to see as they save.  The eco-minder reminds users to dim their lights to reduce energy consumption, as well as allows them to show others how to conserve energy.  Replace a standard switch with an eco-minder dimmer and save up to $30 per year*.

Offered in Maestro or Meadowlark dimmer styles, eco-minder dimmers are available starting at a suggested list price of $24.80.

  • Maestro Dimmer with Occupancy / Vacancy Sensor: This new Lutron product takes the company’s popular Maestro dimmer and adds an unobtrusive sensor to the sleek design. Equipped with Lutron’s exclusive XCT™ detection technology that detects fine motion, the sensor ensures that the lights stay on when the room is occupied and are off when the room is not in use, greatly reducing unnecessary energy consumption. Replace your standard switch with a Maestro dimmer with occupancy sensor and save up to 50%** in energy costs.

The Maestro dimmer with Occupancy / Vacancy sensor has a suggested list price of $54.

  • eco-timer™: This new, eco-friendly product allows consumers to save energy by automatically turning a fan or light off after a set period of time. With the Maestro eco-timer, users can set a countdown time of as short as one minute but no longer than 30 minutes. The timer cannot be overridden to remain on which guarantees the fan or lights will always turn off. The LED lights on the side of the eco-timer move every five minutes as time winds down, indicating to the user approximately how much time is remaining.

The Maestro eco-timer has a suggested list price of $48.

Eco-home products are available at lighting showrooms, electrical distributors, home improvement centers, online retailers or

About Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. (

Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of lighting controls, architectural lighting control systems and shading solutions for residential, commercial and institutional applications.

*Actual savings may vary depending on use and application. Stated savings based on dimming (4) 75 W incandescent reflector lamps (rated at 1500 hrs each, costing $1.75 per lamp) by 50% (perceived light level corresponding to 40% reduction in power level) for 5 hrs per day with electricity cost of $0.104/kWh. To calculate your own savings visit:

**50% energy savings based on dimming the lights by 20% and the sensor reducing average lighting usage from five to three hours a day by preventing the lights from being left on in unoccupied spaces. Actual savings may vary depending on usage.

03.Aware Home Visit

We will meet at Aware Home at 6 pm for a tour to consider projects.

The Aware Home Research Institute
479 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318, USA

Check out the web page to get project info and location map

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