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National Star College students to gain independence using AI technology

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An interactive fridge allows students to see inside without opening the door by using the command "tell me what is in my fridge"

By Bea Swallow
BBC News

A new £6.2m residential building equipped with the latest technology is due to open at a college for students with disabilities.

The accommodation at National Star College will act as a "smart house" and includes voice-activated technology.

It will allow students to adapt artificial intelligence (AI) to suit their personal needs.

It will be opened later by disability campaigners Jack Thorne and Rachel Mason.

The college, based in Ullenwood, near Cheltenham, provides education and therapy for young people with a range of disabilities and it is hoped the technology will give them more independence and prepare them for life after college.

The single-storey ‘Building a Brighter Future’ building consists of 13 bedrooms, each installed with overhead tracking hoists and a range of AI features such as a voice-activated fridge.

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Jaspar Tomlinson is able to control devices in his accommodation using his [...]

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