Thu., June 21, 2012 11:24am (EDT)

Georgia Tech's Homelab Evaluates Products For The Elderly
By Dominick Brady
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Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Currently launched in 100 homes statewide, the project plans to expand to over 500 homes within three years. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech)
Currently launched in 100 homes statewide, the project plans to expand to over 500 homes within three years. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech)
Georgia Tech is testing new products designed for aging baby boomers. The project is called Homelab. The school places devices in people’s homes and collects data on how the technology is used, says Georgia Tech’s Dr. Brad Fain:

“For example, a company would come to us with the need to evaluate the usability or effectiveness of some kind of health related device. Let’s just say for example it’s a weight management device or a robot to assist with certain aspects of daily living”

Currently launched in 100 homes statewide, the project plans to expand to over 500 homes within three years.

Other products include ergonomic chairs and arthritis friendly window opening devices.

Fain says Homelab provides research opportunities for students while helping Georgia businesses get products to market.