Safety and independence are at the heart of smart devices.
Displayed in the Smart Home Cabinet are smart lights, which allow users to adjust brightness and color, as well as program on/off times. The electronic pill dispenser allows individuals to fill their medication into the device, which then locks them in place until the scheduled time for their dosage. The smart thermostat is also remote controlled.
"With my condition I tend to be on the warm side," Mr. Lopez said. "I can easily control the temperature from anywhere - even if I'm out and on my way home."
Ms. Kadakia said the cabinet will continuously be updated and include the latest smart technology. But there is much more.
"There are other items that aren't on display, which include a bidet - a very important tool because many patients come in expressing how they have difficulty cleaning themselves after toileting," Ms. Kadakia said. "It is embarrassing for them, but this allows them to take care of their personal hygiene without needing assistance."
Recognizing the importance of this project, Daniel Stringer-Akesson from Plant Operations took the construction of the hospital's smart home display to a higher-level.
"When Urvi showed me the items for the smart home, I think originally she was picturing more of a doll house," he said. "But these are real items we are displaying. I wanted to make the smart home as interactive as possible, but at a level where those in wheelchairs could easily access."
Patients are able to adapt the technology to their specific living situations. The team plans to enrich the program, and encourage more patients to turn a house into a smarter home.