Launch of Smarthouse

March 29th, 2018

Sarah Weston (Hft) , Dr John Patterson (Principal), Dr Simon Bowers (CCG), Dave Horsfield (Digital Manager, CCG)Smarthouse showcasing personalised technology solutions launches at St. Vincent’s School

An innovative house showcasing a range of assistive technology to support independent living has been launched at St. Vincent’s School, Liverpool. The project is the result of a unique partnership between St Vincent’s School, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Hft.

The smarthouse is a self-contained flat which showcases a variety of personalised assistive technology and how it can be used to support people with visual impairments and other disabilities to live more independently.

It includes lots of useful gadgets for daily living such as a one-cup kettle, a talking microwave, safety sensors to prevent flooding or injury, and door locks activated by fingerprint recognition which replaces the need for keys.

The smarthouse will now be based at the school as a permanent fixture, supporting pupils and staff at the school directly, as well as continuing to be used as a community resource to help raise wider awareness of the benefits of assistive technology amongst the general public.