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Retrofit your home and power your life with intelligent solutions

Science fiction has seamlessly morphed into smart reality. From everyday appliances and entertainment devices that sense your every need (even without your presence) to robots to do your bidding (especially those pesky chores), all connected on a single network, futuristic technologies focused on energy-efficiency and occupant comfort are transforming homes, and the lives of the people who inhabit them.

For elder care, the potential of these technologies is immense. Every month, in our ‘Orbit’ section, we tell you about groundbreaking research in making homes smarter—and safer—for silvers, from assistive devices and activity monitors to fall detectors and intelligent appliances. Especially fascinating is the concept of the ‘granny pod’, which is gradually becoming popular in the US: a prefabricated, ‘micro’ home that is small enough for silvers to manage; accessible enough to navigate with ease; tech-enabled enough to ensure safety; and close enough to relatives or friends for comfort (it can be set up in your kids’ backyard!) while retaining privacy and independence. Smart enough? You bet!

Now, while such a concept may be still light years away in India, ‘living in place’ is an idea whose time has certainly come. With an expanding market brimming with design and technology innovation, it is easier than ever to retrofit your own home to enable active ageing.

Indeed, this is the lodestone of Harmony-Celebrate Age. And to mark our 14th anniversary, we present a special edition on intelligent homes to power independent living. Products and devices, across bandwidths and budgets, for every corner of your home. Simple life hacks alongside expert perspectives and prescriptions. And the latest trends and innovations available to you, right here, right now. This month, we open the door to a whole new way of living—enjoy the walk-through!

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
June 2018