From yard to bedroom IoT helps accessibility in the home

The average American home would not officially be defined as accessible, says freelance technology writer, Karoline Gore. Statistics collated by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac, associate the high level of pre-1980 housing in the US with a lack of accessibility, and attempts are lacking to retrofit properties to contribute to a disability-inclusive housing market, says freelance technology writer, Karoline Gore.

For many homeowners, the mobility challenge falls on their own shoulders, and even with subsidies these adaptations can be expensive. One way to challenge this is through the Internet of Things (IoT), which is providing the deft tools required to help make certain aspects of daily life more agreeable.

Enjoying the garden

Green spaces are a major factor in good levels of mental health and symptom management. Florida Day outlines how gardens benefit psychological health, cognitive ability, physical wellbeing and overall wellness. Unfortunately, many gardens are also inaccessible. Landscaping gardens in an accessible fashion, where surfaces are level and include the regular use of ramps and rails, is an essential first step.

IoT steps in to help people with accessibility needs navigate their green spaces and contribute safely. Raspberry Pi can be used to construct automatic watering and nutrient sensor systems, making it easier for people without fine motor skills to get involved with tending for plants. The IoT can also be used to activate and control lights, ensuring that outdoors areas remain well-lit and safe and that family and loved ones are aware of the whereabouts of vulnerable individuals.

Providing a shield

This particular IoT power, centered around locational data, is an important tool for families. People with accessibility requirements desire, above all, independence. Frontiers in Psychology highlight that the various forms of independence contribute significantly to self-esteem, confidence, and, ultimately, overall wellbeing. Through the IoT, greater levels of independence can be provided through the medium of safety measures. Alarm systems, medical monitors, and quick communication tools provide the level of security that people with accessibility needs require to freely move throughout their home without fear of injury.

Building comfort

Karoline Gore

Independence is one thing what about the comfort and security that individuals need within their own home? Many of the modern tech wonders controlled lighting, heating systems, personal assistants and so on are not necessarily built for accessibility. This is, however, changing. According to IBM, new generations of sophisticated robotic advisers and assistants are generating accessible solutions for housing at a level that is far more accessible for people living with disability. Rather than being expected to use the same devices and tools that people without accessibility concerns sometimes even find archaic, platforms and devices are being built with disability in mind. As a result, the comforts and advantages of the modern smart home are there to be exploited.

For people living with disabilities, this is good news. Their homes should be just as welcoming and independence-generating as any other and the IoT can make it happen. Every corner of the home can benefit from IoT integration, and it will create homes that are fit for life and support aging in place.

The author is freelance technology writer, Karoline Gore.

Comment on this article below or via Twitter: @IoTNow_OR @jcIoTnow


What Matter? – The newly smart home standard

Posted on: December 2, 2022

Matter is an industry-unifying IoT wireless network standard that still needs to be released. It strives to become a reliant, frictionless, safe communication basis for connected objects. The project was announced and started in 2019. By utilising a specific collection of IP-based networking technologies, initiating with Thread, wi-fi, and Ethernet, Matter is a platform built

Read more

Ericsson, Thales launches IoT accelerator device connect with eSIMs for enterprises

Posted on: December 2, 2022

Ericsson’s Internet of Things (IoT) business, in partnership with Thales, launches IoT Accelerator Device Connect, a service offering generic eSIMs unbundled from pre-selected Service Providers. For the first time, enterprises have the flexibility to select one or more Service Providers easily and instantly at the time of device activation. This new business model dramatically accelerates

Read more

The IoT Adoption Boom – Everything You Need to Know

Posted on: September 28, 2022

In an age when we seem to go through technology boom after technology boom, it’s hard to imagine one sticking out. However, IoT adoption, or the Internet of Things adoption, is leading the charge to dominate the next decade’s discussion around business IT. Below, we’ll discuss the current boom, what’s driving it, where it’s going,

Read more

9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, home automation using iot is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more

5 challenges still facing the Internet of Things

Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become a huge part of how people live, communicate and do business. All around the world, web-enabled devices are turning our world into a more switched-on place to live.

Read more

What is IoT?

Posted on: July 7, 2019

What is IoT Data as a new oil IoT connectivity What is IoT video So what’s IoT? The phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is officially everywhere. It constantly shows up in my Google news feed, the weekend tech supplements are waxing lyrical about it and the volume of marketing emails I receive advertising ‘smart, connected

Read more