Challenge | As their memory begins to fade, how can people with memory loss remember who is supposed to take care of them while maintaining control over their personal interactions?
Process | As part of an industrial design course, I explored challenges facing an aging population, narrowing in on people with Alzheimer’s Disease and recognizes their desire for independence.
Design | Dolls were created, each with a unique article of clothing (such as a scarf) that correspond to a particular caregiver. The person with AD would place the doll in a diorama. Using RFID technology, a video would automatically play.
Outcome (anticipated) | The person with AD would be put at ease through the priming effect of the video. The video would show the person with their caregiver, reminding them of their interactions. For at least a few moments, the person would know what to expect.
This conceptual design was created at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009.
Conceptual Designer & Prototyper: Keith R Bujak