Smart storage would combine a smart speaker with light-up storage. Home visits revealed that some people living with dementia struggled to locate items that they were looking for, and it was also observed that they often verbalised what they were looking for.
Smart storage would be triggered when the smart speaker picked up key words, for example ‘pyjamas’. This would trigger the cupboard/drawer which the pyjamas were stored in to light up, giving the person with dementia a visual prompt as to where they are.
Motion-triggered nighttime reassurance
A motion sensor would trigger a response from smart lighting, a television, a speaker or another device. Based on personal preference these devices would be programmed to respond to a person with dementia experiencing night terrors. For example if an individual found a particular piece of music soothing, and didn’t like the dark, it would trigger the lights to gradually come up and for the soothing music to fade in.
A large wall calendar which incorporates a NFC sticker into each day. Videos are created each day by the user and are linked to the NFC sticker for that date. By holding a mobile device over the sticker, users are able to watch videos of what they did on a particular date.
Virtual Personal Assistant
A virtual personal assistant that supports the user with prompts and reminders, accessed via a smart speaker or other device. This would not be marketed as a ‘product for dementia’, but rather as a tool for people with a busy schedule who may need a helpful voice to remind them of events, details about acquaintances and special occasions.
The virtual personal assistant has a personality to suit the user, or can simply be a traditionally efficient and responsive PA character. The assistant can answer questions; proactively carry out tasks such as arranging a birthday cards; and/or begin the day by orienting the person with the date, weather forecast and a run-through of their schedule. It can also be used for social reminders, for example ‘You’re visiting your friend Tom today. Remember to ask him how his holiday in Japan was’.
A cookbook with NFC stickers next to each recipe. Tapping a mobile device onto the sticker launches a step-by-step video of how to prepare the meal. The footage for the video is created by the user, in their home, meaning that the location of ingredients can be shown and all content relates to the environment they are in.
An alarm on a mobile device which prompts the person with dementia to take their medication. A video guiding the user to where their medicine is kept would play automatically. The alarm is turned off by tapping the device on a NFC sticker placed on or close to the medicine container.
The hypothesis is that if the person living with dementia has to reach the medication to switch off the alarm the chance of them taking the medication will increase.