The future house will have knowledge about the person living there. It will know who your friends and family are and know their preferences and understand their needs. If you visit your parents, this will be detected and their home will seamlessly adapt to your preferences. Adapted ambience, lights, music and tv could be present.
Future health care will be much more decentralized and personalized. The bathroom mirror and your mobile phone will give you daily advice related to your health and lifestyle. When in risk, your doctor will be warned and can have access to a full report about your stamina, blood pressure, eating habits, etc. The data will be automatically collected by sensors in your house, PDA, clothes and devices worn on your body, such as wrist bands with motion trackers. The VU initiated ICT4depression project is already experimenting with these kind of technologies.
Another project is the ALWEN (Ambient Living with Embedded Networks) project, in cooperation with DevLab, Philips and 3TU. The combination of Body Sensors, Ambient Sensors, Wireless Networks and Telemedicine implements a novel approach to zeroth, first and second line care and addresses the widely recognized fact that care must be organized differently.
The rise of internet TV, the explosion of theme (on-demand) channels (YouTube, personalized radio and TV guides) combined with your preferences stored on the internet gives an opening for personal media. See the things you want to see and hear whenever you want them, on whichever medium is available to you at the moment. TV and audio can follow you through the house, but also from your way back from work. Let the internet keep track of which episode you already saw on your favorite channel; you no longer need to select where you were in a movie if you leave the house and come back to start where you left off. The most recent and up-to-date news, from multiple sources, automatically verified to be correct.
From a technical point of view, we create a stable, secure and safe platform which allows any and all applications to communicate to each other seamlessly. One ubiquitous and invisible network will allow all different kinds of applications working together. No longer updating, converting and adapting all your data to fit a required standard.
In the Interdroid project, VU University is building a platform for distributed applications on mobile devices, where applications can share information in new and interesting ways.
Other examples include the E-culture project, the cultural heritage project with the Rijksmuseum, Europeana, PrestoPrime, LarCK (with Siemens and the World Health Organisation)