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.


“We continue to be impressed every time we visit the LIFE Home. Continue your wonderful work!

Jim McKechnie


“This facility has fully exceeded my expectations. It’s been a wonderful journey!”

Karen McKechnie


“The McKechnie Family LIFE Home is a point of pride!” 

Jean Driscoll

Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Applied Health Sciences 

Fantastic work, facility, and people!

John Coleman

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In the News

McKechnie Family LIFE Home Hosts a Spring Open House

On April 18th, 2024, the McKechnie Family LIFE Home had the pleasure of welcoming guests for an open house to explore the research conducted at the facility. The attendees interacted with the researchers, robots, and all the technologies.

Welcome Our New Staff Member, Yvona Vlach!

Yvona Vlach joined the McKechnie Family LIFE Home team in April 2024 as an Office Support Associate. She is responsible for all general office and LIFE Home operations.

McKechnie Family LIFE Home Welcomes Dr. Chris Wickens

The McKechnie Family LIFE Home was pleased to welcome Dr. Chris Wickens during his visit on Tuesday April 16th, 2024. Dr. Wickens is a renowned scientist who has made important and lasting contributions to psychological science.