SPHERE at Festival of Nature

Knowle West Media Centre will be joining Bristol University this weekend at the Festival of Nature to promote an exciting new health project.
The Festival of Nature  will be taking over the Harbourside on the weekend of 14 – 15 June  to give wildlife and science lovers the chance to find out more about initiatives running in the city.
The University of Bristol will be showcasing its 15m research project – Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment (SPHERE).
As one of the most obese nations in Europe, with a rapidly ageing population at risk from isolation, depression and falls in the home, the project is researching to see if technology could be the answer.

SPHERE is working with 60 partners, including Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and members of the public to help develop these sensor technologies in the home.

At the Festival of Nature, SPHERE will be sharing activities with the public- including letting visitors arrange sensors in a purpose built lego house to detect if someone has fallen, exercised or eaten for example.

SPHERE Public Engagement Officer Ben Meller said: “Everyone from the SPHERE project is really looking forward to meeting people at the Festival of Nature.

“We have two activities that show what we’ve been working on. We are really interested in what visitors to the festival think of the project. At this stage it’s really important for us to get feedback from the public, to make sure that project is as successful as possible.”

For more information about SPHERE visit http://www.irc-sphere.ac.uk/
For information about the Festival of Nature visit http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/