Spring 2021

Rush Hoelscher

Rush Hoelscher

Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M


Friday, 02/05/21 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Central)


Towards Accessible Smart Homes for Senior Citizens

Zoom ICS Calendar Invite


Will aging individuals accept the convenience and safety features of Smart Home technology? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Projections, there are currently 52 million people over 65 and almost a third do not have internet connection. A majority of these individuals would undoubtedly prefer to maintain their independence, but many will likely encounter health issues that limit their abilities to continue to live on their own without supporters who may not be able to be there full time. However, something as simple as voice command lights, phone calls, and entertainment could assist these individuals in staying safe and convenient with limited mobility requirements. This is where the problem arises, there many seniors that do not accept life changing smart home technology for fear of insecurity or lack of internet. My project has created a offline system that can be used to control a house and pair with alexa if internet access is achieved.


Rush Hoelscher is an undergraduate senior at Teas A&M under the advisement of Professor Dr. Jeeeun Kim. He is also a member of TAMU-HCI, TAMU Engineering Honors, and president of TAMU National Society of Collegiate scholars.