Friends of SPHERE

SPHERE's Friends group, have played a vital role in shaping and testing the SPHERE technology. Below are some updates on the process to date.

 100 Homes Launch

We were delighted to invite 'Friends of SPHERE' to the launch of SPHERE's 100 homes study on Sunday 2nd October at Bristol Botanic Gardens.

The SPHERE project is approaching 3 years old, and the technology is now a the stage where it is ready to be tested in real life situations.

The event was all about bringing people together, with live music, afternoon tea (and, luckily, lots of sunshine!) to talk about how we can test the system in real homes.

We had a great turn out on the day, and the opportunity for many households to talk to our researchers about the prospect of installing a SPHERE sytem in their own homes and what this would mean. This was an important step in the life of the project, and we're really grateful to all those who came along.

We still have a few places left in our study, so if you are interested in helping test the technology in your home (you need to be relatively close to Bristol to do this), we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us at or on 0117 3315689 for an informal chat.

Thank you to all those of you who came on the day, it was great to see you there and we look forward to the next steps!


Friends of SPHERE Event at KWMC


Over the last few months, SPHERE has been undertaking an exciting and rewarding approach to Citizen Science. We've travelled round the city attending talks, events, festivals and have had discussions with numerous people. We've run a number of events, demonstrating the technology and listening to the ideas and thoughts of the Friends of SPHERE and the public.

This feedback has been invaluable to us in helping to shape the project. We've had ideas on how we store and present data that is collected, on the look and the design of the system, of what people find acceptable in terms of their privacy, as well as great discussions on ethics.

Many of the SPHERE researchers have been involved in these activities, and have gained invaluable insight and feedback on how we can make the SPHERE technology work for people and what they want, as well as pushing the boundaries of current research in this area. This has made a great difference in many areas of the project, and we are taking on board and responding to the feedback we get.

The experience has been, and continues to be, incredibly useful to us and we really appreciate all the contributions the Friends of SPHERE and the public make to the project.

Thank you to everyone who has talked to us and helped us get to this point. Going forward, we will continue the conversations with the Friends of SPHERE , and will be running events in September, October and November. If you would like to get involved, please add your name to the mailing list below.

28th April 2016 - Come Dine With SPHERE!
A Friends of SPHERE event.

Knowle West Media Centre hosted a lively and well attended event at the Media Centre on 28th April. We invited the participants to feedback on three important areas of the SPHERE project: The user interface, installation and the quality of movement sensor.

The User Interface:
We welcomed our colleagues from University of Newcastle who are exploring how users might interact with the SPHERE system.

The were really interested to get views on what and how people will interact with the data that SPHERE collects.


Quality of Movement Sensors:
Sion is part of a team developing a Sensor that will be able to track movement, and quality of movement in the SPHERE house.

We were very keen to hear participants feedback on this - and we'll definitely be taking it on board.



Design and Installation
Rob had brought along examples of most of the SPHERE sensors, leading to interesting discussions looking forward to how the system might work in 'real life' situations.


There were some excellent discussions taking place, and we'd love to continue them. More events will be advertised soon. In the meantime, please do sign up below for our newsletters, or continue the conversation on our facebook or twitter pages.

First Friends of SPHERE event

Saturday 30th January

Over 50 participants came to talk to SPHERE on Saturday 30th January. There were demonstratons of SPHERE's equipment, a chance to talk to SPHERE researchers, and most importantly a chance for us to get feedback on what we need to do next.

A huge thank you to all of those that came along, we really value your ideas, suggestions and input.