Updated May 10, 2018 07:06:37 A mobile app called BrainSmart has been developed that allows people with dementia to communicate with their doctors.
Key points:BrainSmart was developed by a neurosurgery student and a former engineer at FacebookThe app uses a combination of voice recognition and video to communicate to patientsHow the app is developed and tested by a company called NeuralinkResearchers at the University of Technology Sydney and the University at Adelaide used brain scans and computer vision to develop the app.
Key features of BrainSmart include:The app is built on a combination to create brain-controlled interfaces and tools for dementia patients to access information about their diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and support.
The app also provides access to the website of the National Centre for Biomedical Research in Canberra and information about the Alzheimer’s Disease and Disability Insurance Scheme.
In addition, it can provide links to a patient’s personal website and a database of relevant Alzheimer’s patients.
It was developed as a service to help dementia patients communicate with medical staff, but the team is looking to expand it to include other services, such as mental health support and access to information about Alzheimer’s research.
“We wanted to make sure that this app was easy to use, that people could access it, that it was a good service and that we could get feedback from other users about it,” Dr Daniel Johnson said.
“It was really just about making sure that we didn’t over-complexise things.”
There’s a lot of stuff we didn’ t really think through in that first stage of development, but we found it to be quite fun to build.
“The app’s main aim is to help patients understand how their brains work and how to communicate.”
The goal is really to help them to understand what’s happening with their brain,” Dr Johnson said, “so that they can start to talk about it, start to be able to understand how it’s happening, how they can be helped, and how they might be able help themselves.
“He said it would also help patients to be more aware of their surroundings.”
BrainSmart also has an interactive map of patients’ brains, with information about dementia, and an app for people to see what they are doing.””
So we want to make the app so that they understand what is happening with the brain and how it is working.”
BrainSmart also has an interactive map of patients’ brains, with information about dementia, and an app for people to see what they are doing.
“I think that the biggest benefit of Brain Smart is that it helps people to understand their own brains, and they are able to learn how they are different and why they are the way they are,” Dr David Macquarie, an associate professor of neurosurgeon at the Australian National University and the lead researcher on BrainSmart, said.
He said he was confident that BrainSmart would help improve people’s understanding of dementia.
“People who have dementia have a very different way of thinking than people who have normal cognitive function,” Dr Macquary said.
This app, which is currently only available for people aged 60 years and over, was created by Dr MacQuary and his team at the ANU, but Dr Johnson hopes to expand the app to include a wider range of people.
“This is a service that can be used by anybody, anywhere in Australia, and we are looking at how we can help people who are younger or who are more remote access this service,” Dr Edwards said.
The Australian Research Council’s Centre for Alzheimer’s Research is supporting BrainSmart’s development.
Dr Edwards said it was an exciting project for neuroscientists to develop a tool that could help people to better understand their brains.
“A lot of the research that has been done on Alzheimer’s is based on the notion that the brain is a kind of computer, it has its own memory, it’s a computer that you use and that it’s really important that it is used correctly,” he noted.
“When we talk about dementia and we talk specifically about the people who will have Alzheimer’s, and the people that will be the greatest risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life, it is the people with the most cognitive impairment who will experience the greatest difficulties and difficulties in accessing that information and understanding what is going on.”