Our application, Memory
, is an application designed based on photo reminiscence.
Photo reminiscence has been proved to be useful in dementia care services . By using photographs
and videos, Memory
helps caregivers answer repeated questions related to family-shared memories
from individuals with dementia. Three main features are designed with existing technologies
to address our user group’s problems.
Our Photo Library is a gallery that stores all family photos. Memory
allows Caregivers to manage
Photo Library with ease. By using third party APIs, Memory
enables various sources where caregivers
can add photos from, such as Facebook and Instagram. This saves the caregiver numerous effort in
terms of building a library. Caregivers are also able to edit or delete photos with a few clicks.
also generates a set of attributes for each photo upon being added to Photo Library
automatically. The application extracts information about when and where a photo was taken from
the photo's metadata. We also plan on utilizing Face Recognition techniques to detect faces in photos.
After a brief training session with caregivers, Memory
should be able to know which family members
are in the photo and their ages as well.
These features in our photo library will help the individual with dementia feel more independent,
and may assist them in answering their questions, reducing frustration for the caregiver.
Our Story feature is essentially a slideshow element. With background music and smooth transitions,
a story creates an immersive experience that helps individuals with dementia reminisce on their
family memories. Memory
supports two types of stories.
A Personal Story is based on the timeline of a family member and is generated by Memory
With automatic face-recognition, Memory
can easily select all photos of a specific family member and
then create a Personal Story by sorting her/his photos by age or other filters. A Personal Story is
therefore an effective way to reminisce the life history of each family member. Caregivers also can
create event-based stories which are called Created Stories. By selecting photos and adding event-specific
information, caregivers are able to create a story quickly.
Our hope is that these stories can be enjoyed together with the caregiver and the individual with dementia,
helping them maintain their relationship with positive experiences. It also has the potential to give
caregivers more time for themselves while the individual with dementia watches the story on their own.
Our Family Tree feature is a diagram that consists of an overview of relationships and information
of all family members. It groups all family members together with each person having a picture of themselves.
Their personal information, such as their relationship with the person living with dementia and where
they currently live, will be shown on a side panel if their picture is selected.
The Family Tree helps the individual with dementia answer their questions as well, and help them
see who each family member is, when needed.
The designs of each screen were built in the Sketch 3 graphics editor. Each of these designs were imported
into Framer.js to build out a high-fidelity interactive prototype using Framer's CoffeeScript language.