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Home Designs Influenced by Self-care Utilizing AI, Art and Smart Devices

The work-from-home phenomenon has led to people forging a different kind of relationship with their living spaces. While lockdowns during the pandemic initially triggered feelings of claustrophobia and a strong desire to get outside, many ultimately discovered a newfound appreciation for their homes and were happy to spend more time in them.

According to “The Future of Wellness 2024 Trends,” a report from the United States-based non-profit organization Global Wellness Institute, this shift has resulted in people taking greater interest in how their homes can be adapted to improve health and wellness. This involves introducing new technology to monitor health and altering interior design and architectural elements to create a more wellness-oriented living environment.

Art may also have a therapeutic role to play, experts suggest. “The pandemic significantly increased the time people spent at home, heightening their awareness of health and wellness,” says Jessica Smith, a brand strategist and co-author of the “Home as Highest-tech Health Hub” section of the report.

More than two-thirds of Americans now say they spend more time at home compared to two years ago. The convenience and necessity of managing health from home have accelerated the adoption of health-centric technologies, “making self-care a cornerstone of modern living spaces.”

These innovations range from circadian rhythm lighting systems, which adjust intensity throughout the day to improve sleep quality, to smart air purifiers that ensure clean air. “Unlike traditional medical healthcare, these technologies focus on prevention and maintaining well-being, offering tools that help individuals lead healthier, more balanced lives,” says Smith.

Examples mentioned in the report include DeRucci’s AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) smart mattress, which uses 23 flexible sleep/health AI sensors to track subtle changes in position, body temperature, heart rate, and health, and has 18 support airbags that instantly respond to the user’s movements. “Such innovations will create healthier living environments and facilitate early detection of health issues, bridging the gap between wellness and medical care,” Smith explains.

By using biometric data and adaptive technologies, these environments can adjust lighting, temperature, and even decor in real-time to suit individual moods and activities, enhancing the overall living experience.

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