Ambient Alerts

Ambient Alerts

Older adults worry about hazards that can cause damage to their home or their life such as fires, leaks, and trip risks. Many of these dangers can be caused by forgetfulness or lack of awareness, and these challenges can affect people of all ages, especially seniors. To design a notification system that can be easily used by older adults, prior Georgia Tech research has shown that it must: be consistent, prioritize notification severity based on level of danger, show previous alerts, have centralized access, be customizable, be very obvious, and allow two-way communication. The Ambient Alert project built upon previous research from the Georgia Tech related to aging in place and notifications in a home environment.