Device for People with Alzheimer's (Olin College)
Millions of people with Alzheimer's struggle to stay independent and connected to the world. Early stage Alzheimer's patients frequently have feelings of isolation that only deepen as their disease progresses, and their families' sense of frustration increases. Today, inexpensive, powerful technology from the consumer space exists that could be deployed to help them, but these technologies are not designed for use by the cognitively impaired. Some examples of these technologies are: voice recognition, low cost LCD-displays, GPS-enabled cell phones, low cost wireless networks, hand-held computers, etc. The goal of this project is to design and build a device that could help people with early-stage Alzheimer's stay connected with their families and remain independent.