Bob Karlicek, (Center Director) talks about how lighting can be improved by using the ‘Internet of Things’ in an article and video published by the Albany Times Union. Robotic and sensor-enabled lighting systems will one day sense who is in a room and exactly how much light they need, depending on their specific activity. These lights could also be used to “see” or sense people who might be having medical emergencies using infrared technology without using cameras or invading privacy in places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
“We draw an analogy to the Google car,” Karlicek said. “Done properly, it will be safer, it will save fuel, and it will be better for people. And that’s what we want to do with lighting.”