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Commercial ICT Smart Solutions for the Elderly: State of the Art and Future Challenges in the Smart Furniture Sector

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Center for Basic and Applied Research, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Rokitanskeho 62, 500 03 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Geography and Geoscience, University of Trier, 54296 Trier, Germany
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Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, Kuala Lumpur 54100, Malaysia
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Media and Games Center of Excellence (MagicX), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor 81310, Malaysia
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Faculty of Rehabilitation, Riga Stradins University, LV-1007 Riga, Latvia
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Environmental Health Department, National Institute of Health, 4000 Porto, Portugal
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EPIUnit—Instituto de Saúde Pública, Universidade do Porto, 4000 Porto, Portugal
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Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia, C/Perales S/N, 30510 Yecla, Spain
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Telecommunication Networks Engineering Group, Technical University of Cartagena, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
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Electronics 2020, 9(1), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9010149
Received: 19 December 2019 / Revised: 3 January 2020 / Accepted: 5 January 2020 / Published: 13 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Embedding Internet of Everything in New-Age Smart Environments)
Within a ubiquitous environment, home and office furniture can be maximally utilized to provide ease, especially if the items are designed based on smart technology. For this reason, the acceptance of smart furniture has soared over the years. Given the vast influence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 on technological advancement in furniture design, it is imperative to examine information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for the elderly in the context of smart furniture design and implementation. This article presents a review of the state-of-the-art literature in smart solutions for the elderly based on publications under ICT smart solutions for these elderly, along with smart furniture options and manufacturer activities in terms of fixing market prices for these furniture materials. Furthermore, patenting rights on some existing smart furniture designs for the elderly, given the current trends in worldwide acceptance, are examined. Moreover, this article also highlights opportunities introduced by IoT-based solutions for the elderly as current trends in research and their effects on human life. Some smart product examples from different enterprises are also presented. New, innovative and active designs must be developed, focusing upon human healthcare, and in turn providing greater comfort and convenience for elderly people. To fulfil these requirements, the also selected technical aspects of new Smart Furniture solutions in connection to the cost of these solutions are discussed. Simultaneously, Smart Furniture solutions need to be flexible, low-cost, easy to buy and install without expert knowledge, and widely available on the market. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart furniture; elderly; Internet of Things; market; investment; ambient assisted living; quality of life smart furniture; elderly; Internet of Things; market; investment; ambient assisted living; quality of life
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Frischer, R.; Krejcar, O.; Maresova, P.; Fadeyi, O.; Selamat, A.; Kuca, K.; Tomsone, S.; Teixeira, J.P.; Madureira, J.; Melero, F.J. Commercial ICT Smart Solutions for the Elderly: State of the Art and Future Challenges in the Smart Furniture Sector. Electronics 2020, 9, 149.

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