Extreme Blue 2013: IBM interns create an application to support dementia patients

Extreme Blue 2013: IBM interns create an application to support dementia patients

Extreme Blue 2013: IBM interns create an application to support dementia patients

Date: Oct 11, 2013

In this video, Jim Patterson, a business studies undergraduate from Lancaster University, speaks to Computer Weekly's Cliff Saran about RemoteCare, an application to support dementia patients.

The team, which worked over the summer for the IBM Extreme Blue 2013 internship programme,  developed a system for family members to look after people suffering from a range of conditions including Alzheimer's and dementia.

The system allows the relative to be  involved in the care the patient, who is provided with an Android tablet.  Features include automatically creating video calls, sharing photos or music. The system can even set up events that will trigger in the future - for example, turning on the TV and changing the channel to the patient's favourite programme, then turning it off afterwards. 

The remote TV function uses a Raspberry Pi, which acts as an intelligent bridge, taking information from the Android app and relaying the TV remote commands to the television via an infrared module.

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