DREU 2015 Photo Competition – Winner Announced

Congratulations to Morgan Buford!

2015 Photo Competition

(From Left to Right) Valarie Sheffey, Morgan Buford, and Omar White. Touring the observatory at Gallalee Hall at The University of Alabama during their 2015 DREU experience. Find more photos at our Flickr page.


Pervasive Systems for Elder Care at The University of Alabama

Morgan Buford, Valarie Sheffey, and Omar White worked as a team this summer during their DREU Experience to design a voice-activated home automation app to work with Cortana on a Windows phone. The purpose of the project was to assist the elderly in their homes. There have been multiple studies that show that there are many benefits of the elderly living in their own homes rather than assisted living facilities. Their app can assist with daily functions such as adjusting the thermostat, opening blinds, locking doors, and more. It is completely voice controlled, which enables individuals to now bridge the gap between technology and the elder community.

Morgan Buford – The University of Texas at Tyler
Valarie Sheffey – The University of New Mexico
Omar White – Indiana University

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