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Physical Design of a Video Phone for People with Mild Dementia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis provides an explanation and description of a new technological product that will directly aid people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer Disease (AD): a technologically advanced, yet easy-to-use video phone. If used as intended, this device will make the user’s life much easier and more pleasant. A previous study that will be mentioned later in the paper showed that people with dementia often have problems using ordinary telephones. These problems vary from the inability to remember how to use the device (or even recognise it), identify with whom they are speaking, to the user having extreme difficulty in coordinating the use of buttons to the desired function. All these problems can cause stress and confusion to the users. For this reason, I want to create an easily-operated product that will simultaneously improve users' quality of living by enhancing the process by which they frequently interact with others, and by making this same process very simple in orderto keep users away from unnecessary frustration.

The purpose of this study is to find an easy way to allow them to interact with their family, friends, and health care givers with a simple click, and create a system that can help users by displaying images on the screen that demonstrate to them how to handle other technological devices. The images on the screen will directly relate to the objects used and will illustrate how and what to do with each one, allowing users to learn from practice and muscle memory. This video phone is composed of a 15inch touch screen (with an emergency button to press) and a handset to answer the calls. It will be connected to a fast LAN network in order to keep the call costs free and maintain a high-quality screen resolution without buffering. While I shall take care of the actual hardware, my classmate Biwei Wang will focus her job on the interface software that will be implemented in the video phone. Relying on very intuitive commands and instruction, and simple-to-use programming, it is the device that has always been missing for people with light dementia. All the steps of the creation process (through a user-centred design method) will be explained, from the original idea to the physical prototype. Once the device is created, it will be thoroughly tested on the users. The results will be employed for a second iteration which will provide excellent groundwork for future research.

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2010.
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IT ; 10 055
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-133628OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-133628DiVA, id: diva2:369722
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Available from: 2010-11-11 Created: 2010-11-11 Last updated: 2010-11-11Bibliographically approved

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