Living in Interactive Future Environments

The McKechnie Family LIFE Home

Living in Interactive Future Environments

The McKechnie Family LIFE Home is a cutting-edge research center focused on innovations in home environments. This facility mimics existing home dwellings (i.e., a typical home of today) as well as provides space for the development of next-generation smart homes (i.e., house of tomorrow) that would allow people of all ages and abilities to live fuller, healthier, and autonomous lives. Spaces include a two-bedroom home; an attached garage; multi-purpose research and collaboration rooms; outdoor areas; and capacity for community engagement. Research and development efforts focus on a range of topics related to in-home activities to improve quality of life and independence for people of all ages and abilities.


We envision a world where we are Living in Interactive Future Environments (LIFE) and technology supports our quality of life at home.


The mission of the McKechnie Family LIFE Home is to provide the infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research, industry collaborations, community partnerships, and educational opportunities that will advance the science, engineering, and translation of innovations to support independent living, healthcare needs, social interaction, and everyday activities in the home.

In the News

McKechnie Family LIFE Home hosts an AHS Open House

On December 12th, the McKechnie Family LIFE Home team welcomed guests to explore the research being conducted in our facility

McKechnie Family LIFE Home Team attends 2023 Chittenden Symposium

On October 4th, 2023, McKechnie Family LIFE Home staff members attended the 2023 Chittenden Symposium at the I-Hotel.

PARO & Moxie Robots Join the LIFE Home!

The McKechnie Family LIFE Home welcomes two new robots to the facility: PARO and Moxie.