In 2011 the Centre de réadaptation Estrie built an innovative alternative housing resource specifically tailored for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This residence hosts 10 people with TBI in 6 apartments, 4 bedrooms, and collective living areas (including a living room, kitchen, dining room, smoking room, laundry, and a shared bathroom).
The aim of this alternative housing project is to foster the residents' autonomy, especially focusing on improving their social participation despite the presence of some behavioral problems and cognitive limitations.
In 2014, in collaboration with the DOMUS laboratory, the residence was converted into a living lab. The building was transformed into an augmented environment using sensors (e.g. motion sensors, door and window sensors, microphones, flow meters, water and flood sensors, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, light level sensors, intelligent stove, energy monitoring sensors, light switch sensors), effectors (e.g. touch screens, mobile phones, tablets, interactive table, wireless screens, speakers, lights), and computing resources (servers and industrial- level programmable controllers). It is a living lab where prototype software, algorithms and technologies can be deployed for long term evaluation. For example, the infrastructure is used for clinical, usability and acceptability studies.
This living lab is the first project of the kind in Canada and it will enable a large team of researchers to conduct real-world experiments in ambient intelligence and rehabilitation.