Johann Siau, developer of the University’s Intelligent Home, and a team have just started work on a new Smart Laboratory to be opened in Autumn this year. Housing the latest smart technology, the laboratory will use various mobile devices, gesture recognition and brain waves to control, monitor and perform tasks. This can be anything from turning the lights on; locking the doors; monitoring your home energy usage; communicating between home and car; and even vehicle-to-vehicle communication so that early warning systems and accident reconstruction technologies can be researched and developed.
The Smart Laboratory will be a great opportunity for students and companies to showcase their projects and products in the area of smart and converging technologies. It is already supported by BRE (Building Research Establishment), Samsung and Microsoft together with research partners at the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at University of Sheffield.