DiscoveryIt was key to learn about the nature of the audience, their vulnerabilities and limits. Looking into dementia as a condition alongside additional restrictions like screen readers. Using qualitative research methods to also understand the outer circle of care received and who a dementia diagnosis may effect and how.
User-centred App DevelopmentFrom initial wire frame to working prototype, importance was placed on considering the target audiences potential restrictions. The app has therefore been developed to be accessible with larger text and icons, alongside hamburger navigation to not over complicate the design.
Wearable TechnologyThe wearable camera should be viewed as an aid to help the patients not a label to highlight their diagnosis. With this in mind the camera can be discreetly attached to clothing designed to appear as a fashion accessory.
Playing back memories
The camera takes photos based on change in location, time frequency and angle of the camera, ensuring the potential vulnerability of the patient wouldn’t be exploited. Then using bluetooth, the daily images from the camera would be updated to the patients tablet, creating an automatic video reel of that day.
To promote consistency and allow the video reel of the day to become part of the patients routine, an alarm function has been incorporated. The time can be set by the carers to suit the individuals needs but then allows the video reel to be efficiently played back with a single tap. The video reel can then be watched with affordances of an old tape player to easily move between images where required.