Memo is a personal home assistant for people with dementia.
Memo passively collects and analyzes patient data through natural voice. Collecting and tracking the frequency of a patient’s repeated questions allows researchers to measure the patient’s cognitive ability.
Cherry Vong – @Cherry_V – UI/UX Designer/Business/Marketing
Gary Tong – @Gary_T – Software Developer
John Larmie – @John_L – Software Developer
Kitty Huang – @Kitty_H – UI/UX Designer/Business/Marketing
Raymond Ji – @Raymond_J – Software Developer
Link to source code: https://github.com/gcttong/momentum
The Full Story
There were two problems that we hoped to solve through our solution:
Researchers struggle to capture patient’s “real-life” cognitive abilities. Currently, one of the most common ways for researchers to collect information on a patient’s cognitive ability is through the Mini-Mental Examination (MME). This test is limited because it only provides a snapshot view of how the patient did on a particular day and is often an incomplete depiction of a patient’s true mental status.
Dementia patients still struggle with memory loss everyday. Early stage dementia patients hope to live independently for as long as possible however it can become difficult to perform daily tasks and remember activities that they need to complete.
Keeping these two problems in mind, we designed a personalized home assistant solution for dementia patients. We leveraged the existing Amazon Alexa technology (an intelligent personal assistant) and created an Alexa Skill that can be added to the intelligence of the device. With the consent of the patient, Memo will collect the frequency of their repeated questions allowing researchers to measure a dementia patient’s cognitive ability. Collecting this data can benefit caregivers and provide them the ability to predict an episode and avoid emergencies. In addition, researchers will be able to track a dementia patient’s progression and analyze the correlation between different factors such as age, gender, and the frequency of questions asked.