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2017-09-15 T4I Maavis, son on Brian is Always in Mind

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The evolution from Maavis project to AlwaysInMind services for people living with dementia

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2017-09-15 T4I Maavis, son on Brian is Always in Mind

  1. 1. Brian, son of Maavis, is Always In Mind T4I2017, 15 Sep 2017 Steve Lee steve@opendirective.com @SteveALee
  2. 2. Double Wammy for Elders • Many struggle with using digital tech • Low digital literacy • Cognitive disabilities • Current elders – both!
  3. 3. What would help? • “Easy” access or “Stepping Stones” • Gain confidence and digital skills • Without going near a ‘Computer’ • Support declining abilities
  4. 4. Broad Requirements? • Several examples at AAATE2017 • Touch • Uncluttered • Friendly • Safe • Accessible • Adjustable
  5. 5. Activities • Reminiscence • Sharing experiences • Communicating • Having Fun • Reminders and prompts • Ensuring safety and security • Checking and maintaining health
  6. 6. Maavis • A while back • RATS (now Catch) Peter Cudd EU funded • Research use of tech by elders • In residential environment • Touch and easy screens – Monitors were v expensive – Now ubiquitous cheap consumer tech
  7. 7. Cheap!?
  8. 8. Features • Photos • Videos • Music • Information – web pages • Programs • Video calls • Email / Chat • Realtime messaging - Chat
  9. 9. Open Source • Regional Development Funding • Required zero cost availability • Possibility of collaboration
  10. 10. Screens
  11. 11. Outcome • Success in trails • Additional Interest – Home providers – Bolton College • Follow-on research • Still some interest now!
  12. 12. A fan
  13. 13. But… • People want product / service • Maavis was Framework – Have to configure it before is useful • Technology not so well known – Firefox internals
  14. 14. Brian • Son of Maavis • Builds on many of Maavis concepts • Takes advantage of advances in tech • Activity on Standards – eg WCAG • For people with early dementia and relatives
  15. 15. Funding • Open Source Project • Support collaborative dev of best practices • EU Funded Prosperity4All FP7 project • Stepping Stones components • Assistance On Demand
  16. 16. New Features • Web and Cloud Native – Can be mobile / desktop app • Easy access to complex services • Supporter uses familiar services – Google Photos, GMail, Facebook • User provided with more suitable access
  17. 17. 17 SteppingStones for low cognitive and low digital literacy
  18. 18. 18 SteppingStones for low cognitive and low digital literacy
  19. 19. 19 SteppingStones for low cognitive and low digital literacy
  20. 20. But… • People want product / service • Brian is an open source project • Need to be a techy to install and configure
  21. 21. Always in Mind? • A commercial service • alwaysinmind.com • Support • SLA
  22. 22. Business • Reasonable cost but self sustaining • Subscription • Free to earlier adopters • Beta in a few months
  23. 23. Questions? steve@opendirective.com

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