LIDAR to Keep Elderly Home Longer
Keeping Elderly Home Longer with Tech
This is a six month pilot program to see if LIDAR laser sensors can be used to help the elderly stay longer in their homes. One of the big uses of LIDAR is to help self-driving cars "see". IBM Research UK and Cera Care are teaming up to test the unique use of the LIDAR technology,
LIDAR uses laser light pulses to generate images and maps of surroundings and to help self-driving cars navigate streets. In June, 15 volunteer households in the UK will have LIDAR sensors installed by IBM Research UK and Cera Care. They'll use IBM machine learning software to build a detailed picture of each patient's daily routines and home environment. They'll utilize the images to pinpoint and alert caregivers of any possible problems in health, falls, etc. during the patient's routine to let caregivers know when they need to be in the home. It's a cutting edge use of new technology to give the elderly more safe time to stay in their homes.