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Memory aid for dementia sufferers

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„Senso. My Personal Lifebook“, Pelin Celik and Pilotfish GmbH, Munich, Germany


To little by little lose your memories and orientation is a nightmare becoming a reality for more than five percent of the German population in the form of dementia in old age. Pelin Celik and Pilotfish Gmbh are dealing with this problem in their “Senso. My Personal Lifebook” concept. “Senso” consists of three product components and its use starts long before the actual onset of the disease.


A kind of digital diary makes it possible to record addresses, phone numbers, photos and memories and access them anytime - long before forgetfulness sets in. Thus, over the course of years an electronic memory is created, which makes it possible to remember people, places or experiences. Furthermore, the Lifebook, which is carried around the neck like a piece of jewellery, has a telephone, emergency call, navigation and search function with which lost objects  previously equipped with an RFID chip can be located. It is supplemented by the ‘prompter’, which is a hearing aid like device that is worn in the ear. The ‘prompter’ monitors the vital functions and serves as a telephone receiver and hearing aid. Its most important function, however, is that it can detect from the vital functions if the user becomes nervous, because they cannot recognise the person in front of them. In combination with the Personal Lifebook’s person recognition function it identifies the person based on their voice or via an integrated digital camera and tells the dementia patient their name.


The third product component is the ‘EMO Pillow’, a pillow which serves as a screen for viewing photos or films. It can change its surface structure, store scents and thus strengthen the memory on an emotional level.


The jurors above all praised Senso’s holistic conceptual approach. “The problem of old age memory loss is not viewed by itself and purely medically, but instead a humane possibility is presented how those affected can keep their dignity and independence longer with the help of an unobtrusive memory aid. From my point of view the ‘Personal Lifebook’ concept is also interesting for younger target groups,” said Professor Peter Zec.

Overview of concepts:


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Neck vertebrae fixation without screws

„Crano - eine Cervikalorthese“, Julia Hanisch and Timo Wurz, Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany


Operating brains quickly

„LAXAR OP-System“, Andrea Feuerabend and Friedemann Schreiber, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany


Natural contraception via skin reading

„ovu`love“, Wilddesign, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and GEO-Design, Tokyo, Japan


Making cartilage grow and sponges disappear

„Innovatives 3D-Design von Biomaterialien für die Regenerative Medizin“, Matricel, Herzogenrath, Germany


Testing babies’ hearing

„OtoRead”, DESIGN/NORD, Denmark, and Interacoustics A/S, Denmark


Increased sensation with the lower leg prosthesis

„Otto Bock Harmony System“, Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH, Duderstadt, Germany


Memory aid for dementia sufferers

„Senso. My Personal Lifebook“, Pelin Celik and Pilotfish GmbH, Munich, Germany


Greater quality of life for pain patients

„Lockout System”, Ing. Erich Pfeiffer GmbH, Radolfzell, Germany, and item design & development, Ascheberg, Germany


Surgeons in cyberspace

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