Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a wireless system that studies how people use household appliances in their homes.
By analyzing data on how users operate their appliances, scientists say, it is possible to study their habits, health status, assess the well-being of older people, encourage energy savings, and even help insurance companies calculate risks.
The system, dubbed Sapple, uses a smart electricity meter and a wireless wall device that generates and analyzes radio signals to determine where a person is. CSAIL also uses this device to remotely monitor COVID-19 patients. The sensors provide information to a machine learning system that estimates where and when a particular device is being used.
MIT says that one day such information will enable medical professionals to understand the ability of older people to carry out daily activities and provide advice on healthy habits. True, at the same time, there are some problems with violation of confidentiality, so everyone will have to choose between the rational use of household appliances using sensors and the fact that someone will receive information about our life.