SPHERE project

SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment) is an engineering project using sensors to detect and prevent a wide range of medical conditions through monitoring activity in the home.  It is developing a number of different sensors that will combine the data they gather to build a picture of how we live in our homes. This information will then be used to spot medical or well-being issues. The technology could help people in many ways, including:
  • Predicting falls and detecting strokes so that help may be summoned
  • Analysing eating behaviour and whether people are taking prescribed medication
  • Detecting periods of depression or anxiety and intervening

The project is unique in bringing together researchers from a range of disciplines to tackle medical and wellbeing issues on a large scale. We are testing the technology in 100 homes across the region to create a system that works both technically in the lab and in real-life situations.

Public Engagement has played an important role throughout the SPHERE project by working closely with the public to explore issues around privacy, data, interaction with technology and more. The conversation with the public is ongoing and has helped shape the project in several areas.  SPHERE began in 2013 and continues to work with the public; we always welcome people to get involved.

In 2016, SPHERE received a finalist award in the national Engage Competition, which recognised our public health and well-being engagement work.

 

Visit the SPHERE website for more information