The robot that will take care of you in the house of the future: travel back in time with CETEM at the Yecla furniture fair

MURCIA. Can you imagine having a robot at home that’s ready to help patients who need to be isolated and has autonomous navigation, video conferencing capabilities, a touchscreen, and the ability to carry tools or medication? And it is that the house of the future will integrate technology into furniture not only to make life more comfortable, but also to promote healthy habits and even prevent pathologies. This time travel to find out how we will live in maybe not so many years can be done in the 60 edition of the Yecla Furniture Fair (FMY), which from May 24 to 27 will show some of the Technological advances which allow the housing sector focus more and more on caring for people.

Thanks to the synergy that the fair maintains with the Technological Center for Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia (CETEM)visitors will be able to see firsthand how these advances will not only improve people’s lives, but will also help prevent disease.

Specifically, at the FMY fairgrounds, attendees will be able to see first-hand how a nursing home on the CETEM stand. It is ‘eHealth Home: the home of the future’in which the incorporation of technology in furniture allows habits to be monitored and behaviors to be detected which, in the future, could lead to the development of cardiovascular pathologies.

In this way the FMY it is once again becoming the home of the latest technological innovations, advances that show how, at present, the housing sector has focused its attention on R&D focused on health care and healthy and active ageing, one of the greatest challenges posed by European development strategies.

“There will come a time when, when we buy a chair, a bed, a table or other elements of the habitat, we will have two options: that of buying such an element of furniture, and the possibility of digitizing this element. so that it can detect our habits for the benefit of our health,” explains José Francisco Puche, director of CETEM.

Detection of cardiovascular problems

As an example, in the Region of Murcia, this digitization of furniture promoted by the technological center focuses on the detection of cardiovascular problems, “since it has been found that this is the most common health problem in the elderly,” he explains. One of the causes of this type of pathology “are lifestyle habits and, among them, diet”, and it is here that the project fulfills one of its objectives: “That of achieving digitalization housing for healthy ageing.

Society, hand in hand with the furniture, wood and related sectors, is evolving towards a paradigm of preventive health in which various agents participate in order to reach this milestone. The CETEM initiative is part of the ambitious Pharaoh Project, which is being developed as a “pilot” in Murcia and Andalusia in Spain, and in Portugal, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Italy at European level. With CETEM, in the Region of Murcia, the Murcia Health Service (SMS), the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), MIWenergía, a company in the field of energy management and high value companies technology like Indra Sistemas participate.

For Puche, projects such as “Pharaon” show that all technological development, what is called R+D+i, is “at the service of people”. “The digitization of the habitat is totally aimed at caring for people, at preventive health, especially in this group of people who begin to have health problems with age.”

Spaces for living well and aging well

Ultimately, it’s about creating homes and living spaces where people live and age well. In this sense, the exhibiting companies of the FMY already allocate their products to centers for the elderly, hospitals and geriatrics. And that’s it, the objective is that companies in the sector “can adopt this technology to prevent health problems”, according to Puche.

Influencing preventive medicine “not only makes it possible to avoid the development of these diseases, but also to reduce the cost that this generates for the public health system”, defends the director of CETEM, who confirms the interest that the project has aroused in the field of health and assistance. In fact, they are already installing this technological equipment in 75 residences as part of a pilot project and it is beginning to be used in several residences for the elderly.

On the other hand, in addition to savings for the health system, this prevention also involves sustainability. “If we are able to detect high heating levels in winter, in addition to regulating this consumption, we will be able to detect the reasons for this consumption,” remarks Puche.

Several of the technologies that make up the project will be present at the event, AmiCare, Amicare fridge, Smartband, smart app and backendalthough the star of the stand will undoubtedly be the RB1 base from roboticsa robot prepared to help patients who require isolation and which has autonomous navigation, video conferencing capability, touch screen and the ability to carry tools or medication.

In addition, projects such as the one developed by CETEM are undoubtedly a new path for the furniture cluster of Murcia, since, thanks to its great capacity for adaptation and specialization, it will be able to gradually adopt these technologies to offer a integrated and state-of-the-art product offering with high added value. In short, from May 24 to 27, innovation and development meet at the FMY to share advances in the sector, foster alliances and create new business opportunities.

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