Project R-3267


AtoM: A Touch of Memory - Making the environment and personal objects smarter for people with dementia


Starting from a Multi-disciplinary perspective, this project aims to connect the design of ICT applications to elements from the personal past of persons with dementia to improve autonomy and independent living. The goal of this project is to explore how these elements may be used to support persons with dementia with everyday tasks and routines in each phase of the dementia process. In this project, a modular system will be developed to add sensors and intelligibility to the environment and (personal) objects surrounding persons with dementia in order to make the environment and the object smarter. Such intelligence allows the environment and objects to adapt to or anticipate on the deteriorating abilities of a person with dementia, which is similar to a reversed learning curve. Sensors allow for the gathering of data which can be used to recognize patterns and routines. As soon as an anomaly in such a pattern is detected, the intelligent environment and objects could assist the person.

Period of project

01 January 2011 - 30 April 2013