Inside the smart-home technology giving wounded veterans the life they deserve

CNET | 6/17/2019 | Megan Wollerton
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Retired US Marine Corps Sgt. Rob Jones sits in the office of his new home in Loudoun County, VA.

"I don't get emotional," retired US Marine Corps Sgt. Rob Jones says, standing next to his wife, Pam, as he admires the freshly painted walls of a new smart home customized for his needs as a double above-the-knee amputee.

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This isn't a warning preamble before a tearful outburst. Rob, a Purple Heart recipient, who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010 by an improvised explosive device (IED) really doesn't cry. Pam confirms it.

Rob is a double above-the-knee amputee, who alternates between walking with prosthetics and a wheelchair. This house, located roughly 50 miles west of Washington, DC in Middleburg, Virginia, was custom-built for him by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a non-profit that, among other charitable work, builds homes full of smart home technology for military personnel and first responders critically injured in the line of duty.

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3.6 million Americans and more than 250,000 veterans use wheelchairs, a 2018 study reports. More than one billion people in the world need assistive technology and only 10% of that population has access to it, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Assistive technology is designed to help people with disabilities live more independently, and the smart-home industry is a mainstream branch of assistive tech. Rob and Pam's new home will feature a combination of custom assistive products and readily available smart devices, things they've never had in previous homes.

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Rob and Pam picked out the paint colors, the furniture and countless other details for the house, but this is the first time either of them have been inside its walls.

The 2,800-square-foot ranch rests on 13 acres, which is no accident. The couple dreams of having a working farm here. Pam has already mapped...
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