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activities of daily living, assisted living, assistive technology, gerontologic care, smart technology



  1. Davenport, Rick D. MHS, OTR/L
  2. Elzabadani, Hicham MS
  3. Johnson, Jessica L. MA, OTR/L
  4. Helal, Abdelsalam (Sumi) PhD
  5. Mann, William C. OTR, PhD


This article reports on a pilot study conducted on the first person to live in the GatorTech smarthouse. An elder's first reaction to staying in the smarthouse was evaluated by questionnaire, in-depth interviews, and tracking of technology use. Primary themes that emerged were (1) an enthusiasm and openness to having increased technology assistance with daily household tasks, and (2) discomfort with the reliability between the human and computer interface. The results of this pilot study will guide the future development of the GatorTech Smart home emerging technologies.