Digital technology in the service of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease

Newcastle, England - Current projects, funded by the Research Councils UK project on the use of digital technologies to help elderly or disabled. A kitchen equipped with sensors has been designed to assist patients with Alzheimer's in their tasks.

Designed by British scientists, this kitchen is full of sensors, projectors and electronic components that can help patients with Alzheimer's to be autonomous. Sensors hidden in the doors of cupboards, utensils and appliances, are transmitted to a computer the actions of the patient at any time. The floor slabs of detecting the pressure and reveal where the individual and how it is oriented.

If the kitchen detects that the individual seems lost, she projected on the wall closest to the written instructions to guide its work. The kitchen can be programmed to alert neighbors or family members if the owner does not use more. It "learns" as the specific behavior of its owner and detects unusual to be the cause of alarm.

A prototype of this kitchen is developed at Newcastle University through a project of 36 million pounds, to find new uses for digital technology. Researchers believe it could be used in homes within the next 5 years.

"This kitchen is for people who begin to suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and stop cooking or preparing a cup of tea in full momentum, not knowing what they were doing and more importantly, what to do" says Professor Paul Watson, who developed the piece.

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