Deckubik: An Unique Open Building Experimental Facility Aimed to Test ICT Based Ambient Assisted Living Products
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DECKUBIK is a unique facility for R&D aimed at developing new concepts, products and services for the aging market. This new facility has been installed on the ground floor of the experimental building KUBIK, located in Derio, Vizcaya (Spain). DECKUBIK simulates a dwelling, with two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The spaces are equipped with the necessary infrastructure and are prepared to place new products, interfaces, sensor systems, services and technologies that need to be tested and validated by Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) users. This paper will focus in two of the technologies that we brought into practice which can enhance user experience at AAL infrastructure. Interactive furniture with capacitance based sensing which can provide new non-intrusive functionalities, and self-powered control systems.