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SenseCam Aids Patients with Memory Problems

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the man-i-could-use-that dept.

Biotech 78

Ponca City, We Love You writes "A small digital camera developed by Microsoft Research could boost memory in people with dementia and possibly mild forms of Alzheimer's disease. SenseCam is worn around the neck and automatically takes a wide-angle, low-resolution photograph every 30 seconds. It contains an accelerometer to stabilize the image and reduce blurriness, and it can be configured to take pictures in response to changes in movement, temperature, or lighting. An entire day's events can be captured and downloaded onto a PC where software converts the pictures into a short movie displaying the images at up to 10 frames per second, to allow patients to view a day's events in a few minutes to jolt their memory. "Not only does SenseCam allow people to recall memories while they are looking at the images, which in itself is wonderful, but after an initial period of consolidation, it appears to lead to long-term retention of memories over many months, without the need to view the images repeatedly," says neuropsychologist Emma Berry."

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I think (4, Funny)

Martian_Kyo (1161137) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642269)

this image would have been more appropriate for this article http://images.slashdot.org/topics/topicms.gif [slashdot.org]

Re:I think (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21642793)

This wasn't flamebait, you fucking morons. It was a joke.

You know... Bill Gates as a Borg, with a camera attached to his head... kinda like in the article, there is a camera hanging from a person's neck...

I swear. Fucking moderators.

Re:I think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21643907)

You moderators honestly do not understand what a troll is.

It's kind of sad.

Re:I think (1)

TristanGrimaux (841255) | more than 6 years ago | (#21666251)

You were modded flamebait because you should write: first post! Anyway, nice joke.

I Know (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21643845)

HAHAHA Martian Kyo is a flamebaiting faggot!!!!!

Way to go asshole!

Re:I think (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 6 years ago | (#21650345)

I could not help but think of the user of this product one evening saying, "Oh Look! Pretty Blue Screen!".

Great! A cure for a problem diet! (-1, Offtopic)

cream wobbly (1102689) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642315)

Good on Microsoft. We need more technological fixes for social problems; in this case the overconsumption of animal products which in turn, overconsumes our grain product, in turn our clean water, and so on. Being at the top of the food chain is fun when the food kills your reasoning abilities!

Re:Great! A cure for a problem diet! (1)

chatgris (735079) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642387)

What!?!

Look, I've been a vegan for 19 years now, but not even I can see how this comment is anywhere near relevant to this article. It's not like the camera is going to somehow to a time warp on the dead animal on your plate, follow its constituent atoms back to its grains etc.

Seriously, wtf. Debate where it is an appropriate forum, just interjecting where it makes no sense gives a bad image to vegans/vegetarians.

Josh

YHBT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21642627)

...that is all.

Re:Great! A cure for a problem diet! (2, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642697)

Alzheimer's and dementia are not necessarily caused by problem diets. I know there's a lot of vegan propoganda circulating around about how supposedly the consumption of meat and animal products is to blame for Alzheimer's and dementia, but this is simply not the case. There are many complex reasons for dementia, which can be caused by an entire host of mental disorders, which includes Alzheimers but also include others. Sometimes it's just due to aging. Alzheimer's is most probably genetic in nature since it seems that there genetic mutations in four genes that have been linked to the disease, one of which is has been clearly established as a definite susceptibility gene.

Anyone telling you these diseases have something to do with diet are talking out their arse.

Re:Great! A cure for a problem diet! (1)

nostriluu (138310) | more than 6 years ago | (#21646153)

Re:Great! A cure for a problem diet! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21646705)

The story in your link has nothing to do with consuming meat or animal products. The disease allegedly triggered by pig brain tissue exposure had to do with slaughterhouse workers. And, the disease in question in the article, CIDP, doesn't produce dementia, either. It's a CNS disorder, not a brain disorder.

And, I know it's not the case because my wife is a clinical psychologist and my mother works with Alzheimer's patients. As such, for a layperson, I know quite a bit about disorders of the brain.

Re:Great! A cure for a problem diet! (1)

nostriluu (138310) | more than 6 years ago | (#21646845)

You make a strange statement. "The story in your link has nothing to do with consuming meat or animal products. The disease allegedly triggered by pig brain tissue exposure had to do with slaughterhouse workers." Ok then. The brain is part of the CNS. But my point wasn't that meat causes Alzheimer's, rather that there is a lot that is not known, so I find your assertion rather.. bold. Probably one that a non layperson wouldn't make. ;)

Re:Great! A cure for a problem diet! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21647527)

Okay, well, these workers are claiming that there exposure to pig brain tissue may be responsible for their disorder. But -- and here's the key point -- it may not. In fact, all we know is that these workers worked in the same slaughterhouse. Perhaps there is some chemical used in the slaughterhouse that is causing their CNS problems. That story doesn't support the either conclusion that eating meat or animal products causes Alzheimer's or dementia or my conclusion that eating meat or animal products has nothing to do with either, and the fact that much is not known also doesn't support those conclusions either, nor does it necessarily deny those conclusions.

My conclusions are based on solid scientific evidence about what is known. You are attempting to say I'm an idiot by saying there's a lot we don't know. It's a straw man argument. Give it up.

Just remember (5, Funny)

DrXym (126579) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642321)

Do not believe Teddy's lies.

Re:Just remember (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21642685)

>An entire day's events can be captured and downloaded onto a PC where software converts the pictures
>into a short movie displaying the images at up to 10 frames per second, to allow patients to view a
>day's events in a few minutes to jolt their memory.

I think the porn implications of this are obvious. Imagine, playing back every girl you've had? It would take, well, um... ALL day. Yes, all day, even at 10 frames per second. Man, I'd like to view ALL those girls I've had, because I have had SO MANY that I can't remember.

Ok, fine, it would take less than a second. One frame, to be exact.

Ok, it would be blank. :(

I used to do something similar and it helps! (2, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642327)

I have something sorta like that. When I was using Gallery along with a shell script out of procmail to do uploads from e-mail to handle my mobile pictures, it would create galleries in the format yyyymmdd and I can usually recall almost to the day what I was doing.

It's most likely because I would go back through the photos either that day or the next and caption some. This would help to jog my memory and help me recall the dates much later. My friends say I'm an idiot savant (in the most negative connotation possible) but I tell them that I'm just a nerd.

Re:I used to do something similar and it helps! (1)

myurr (468709) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642537)

But just think how useful this will be for those who, like me, forget absolutely everything that happens when they go out drinking! And what a cure for beer goggles - think you've met someone you fancy? Managed to get their number? Review the evenings recording and realise the next day that they were one ugly mother... well you get the picture, but now you don't have to meet them a second time to realise just what a mistake you made (you know, the old "hmmm... don't remember them having a beard" thing.)

Re:I used to do something similar and it helps! (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642709)

This doesn't work if you're used to taking the girl back to your place. In that inebriated state, the only thing that is really going to get your attention is the ballsack pressing against your chin, but by that point, it's already too late.

But at least you'll have pics!

Re:I used to do something similar and it helps! (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642621)

If you like to organize your photos by when they were taken, check out Dropshots [dropshots.com] . It has greatly simplified my photo organizing. Just drag-and-drop your photos from explorer to their handy little system tray app, an all your photos get uploaded and sorted by day.

Loss of connections (5, Informative)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642343)

The problem of memory in Alzheimer patients (at least at the early stages) is not one of forgetfulness, so much, but the loss of context due to the loss of connections between two situations. A patient could sit down with a lunch tray at the hospital cafeteria when a nurse walks in the door and the patient would suddenly be unclear as to why they were in the cafeteria in the first place. Oliver Sacks discusses this quite a bit in his books. By taking the patient through the series of events, leaving out the extraneous information like the nurse walking in, it is possible to reconnect the events for the patient and they will typically be able to regain their "memory".

Now, if deodorant makers would simply stop using Aluminum oxide in their products, we could probably cut the number of Alzheimer cases in half, but it's no big surprise that the makers of those products are also the ones making the drugs to treat the disease.

Re:Loss of connections (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21643139)

I'm intrigued by your assertion that Aluminum Oxide is causing Alzheimers. I'm no fan of Aluminum oxide antiperspirants myself, but this is the first I've heard linking it to serious diseases. Can we have a link or reference to back this up?

Re:Loss of connections (3, Interesting)

Sen.NullProcPntr (855073) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643149)

Now, if deodorant makers would simply stop using Aluminum oxide in their products, we could probably cut the number of Alzheimer cases in half, but it's no big surprise that the makers of those products are also the ones making the drugs to treat the disease.
Not sure about the conspiracy connection;-) While aluminum can cause memory related problems most research [ccohs.ca] has not found [cdc.gov] any direct link with Alzheimer's.

Aluminum can be found in many other products that come in contact with our bodies [viewzone.com] , even tap water.

Re:Loss of connections (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21643201)

Aluminum oxide is found in antiperspirants. Not deodorant directly. Also, aluminum oxide is no longer considered a cause of Alzheimer's. Your research is old.

Sheesh, somebody mod down this tin-foil hattery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21645781)

Now, if deodorant makers would simply stop using Aluminum oxide in their products, we could probably cut the number of Alzheimer cases in half

Give me a break. Failing that, give me some evidence, in the form of peer-reviewed studies in legitimate scientific journals.

Re:Loss of connections (1)

MickLinux (579158) | more than 6 years ago | (#21654221)

I'd think it also would have to do with some loss of spatial memory or intelligence, because I remember reading that one of the early warning Alzhimer's tests was to give the patient a series of circles, with a time written underneath. Then let the patient draw the appropriate clock faces. Alzhimer's patients -- even those otherwise undetectable -- would mess the clocks up extrememly badly.

Uh, I forgot where I put the computer... (2, Insightful)

tjstork (137384) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642355)

The whole "upload the day to the PC" part seems a bit contrived. Why can't you just watch this life movie wherever you are?

Re:Uh, I forgot where I put the computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21643401)

Rats...now where did I put that camera?

Re:Uh, I forgot where I put the computer... (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643535)

Wonder if users will be allowed to wear them to a movie theater.

This cannot end well (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643959)

Plus the act itself is pretty complicated for someone who can't even remember if they ate lunch that day. I suspect that this is going to end with the nurse finding the computer in the freezer and grandma trying to plug in her camera to a carton of ice cream.

Re:Uh, I forgot where I put the computer... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644025)

I can't help but wonder if this is their way of finding a use for, or kickstarting, the MyLifeBits [wikipedia.org] project. Originally (back when it was first publicised half a decade ago) it was going to be a way to store your whole life on a computer. Evidently that didn't really go anywhere.

Follow the money path (0, Troll)

DrYak (748999) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644469)

Read again carefully the /. summary.

Why can't you just watch this life movie wherever you are?


Because they're microsoft.

So they can claim more copies of Vista Sold (because more people will have to install Vista on their machine to use this gadget)
And probably the technology will require that the patient's family gets equipped with "Windows Vista Home Server".
Maybe also a couple of server license sold to the Care center.

And I'm sure they'll manage to cram "Xbox" somewhat into the requirement.

Probably the only way to whatch them "on the move" would be using a Zune. Thus enabling microsoft to boast every where that they are outselling iPods 10-to-1 (in the specific field of portable media devices used to play back Alzheimer patient's memory aids).

Re:Uh, I forgot where I put the computer... (1)

mh1997 (1065630) | more than 6 years ago | (#21645167)

Why can't you just watch this life movie wherever you are?
What movie and why is this camera hanging down from my neck?

Memento (2, Funny)

Renegade88 (874837) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642381)

The guy from Memento [imdb.com] could have used this! Even using Microsoft products has to be less painful than constantly tatooing yourself.

Re:Memento (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 6 years ago | (#21649007)

If you don't remember the pain, does it really matter?

At least tattoos don't BSOD on you.

Rehash? (2, Funny)

ah.clem (147626) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642407)

Isn't this just a rehash of the MS "Lifecam" or some trendy name like that? IIRC, we were all supposed to be wearing this thing around our necks and not bothering to remember anything anymore, the camera would keep a "life record" or some such.

Wasn't that a fail? I can't remember...

ah.clem

Re:Rehash? (1)

caffeinemessiah (918089) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644831)

The MS Lifecam is a plain-vanilla webcam. What you're probably thinking of is some of the conjectures of Ray Kurzweil. [wikipedia.org]

First Communist Party Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21642419)

Bill O'Reilly is a
fart [thinkprogress.org] .

P.S.: as well as sufficiently illiterate and innumerate to disable his participation in debate.

I seem to remember an article about memory (2, Interesting)

mrjb (547783) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642443)

Supposedly the problem is not that memory itself fails, but often we cannot remember things because we didn't "register" them properly. Which also explains after-party blackouts, of course.

Re:I seem to remember an article about memory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21642831)

"Register?" What kind of Big Brother, totalitarian system is your brain running up there anyway?

Memories want to be free!

Re:I seem to remember an article about memory (1)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643493)

The only after-party blackouts I ever get is when we overload the circuits at a LAN party.

What? (2, Interesting)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642499)

It seems I've seen this on /. in the last couple of weeks (maybe not the same article, but the same MS camera thing). It was tagged "biotech" then too.

This is not biotech any more than the mouse on your computer is biotech or the shirt on your back is biotech.

Also, what's the point of repeatedly posting this? Not only has it been on in the last week or two, but it's been posted once or twice before that, at least.

Great, MS is putting small cameras on people to help them remember and associate memories.

Re:What? (1)

thegrassyknowl (762218) | more than 6 years ago | (#21648631)

It seems I've seen this on /. in the last couple of weeks (maybe not the same article, but the same MS camera thing). It was tagged "biotech" then too.

It's the Slashdot editors own version of this memory product. They repeat every story at least once so that even those of us with permanently shot memories can remember them.

Sure, but... (4, Insightful)

MykeBNY (303290) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642515)

That's great and all, that technology is being used to help people.

But I have to wonder, now, how people with cameras around their necks will be treated. Will they be arrested as terrorists for taking pictures of busy streets and important bridges? Will they be barred from entering many businesses who have a "no pictures" policy? If they witness a crime, will they be hassled to give up their helpful device for evidence? Or worse yet, be a higher-risk target for the bad guys wanting to make sure that evidence is destroyed?

Furthermore, where does their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness end and my right to privacy begin? I don't like being monitored without my knowledge/permission.

On the other hand, integrate a GPS and a voluntary program, and they could earn extra income from Google Streets for getting updated street-level pictures of cities... ;)

Re:Sure, but... (1)

addps4cat (216499) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643009)

if it gets fda approval to treat alzhheimers it will probably be protected like seeing eye dogs are

Equal time for Grandma (3, Funny)

Delusion_ (56114) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642535)

SenseCam is worn around the neck and automatically takes a wide-angle, low-resolution photograph every 30 seconds.
Excellent! Now Grandma can take crappy photos nearly as often as drunk girls at bars do with their cellphones.

Great! (1)

SlipperHat (1185737) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642585)

Now, if only I could find where I put my keys.

respect (3, Interesting)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642659)

I don't care what company you are and what products you normally sell. If you can create something as useful as this, you deserve respect. Well done!

I quickly scanned the article, but i couldn't find a built-in lcd. That would've been perfect, although i can assume the power comsumption would be too heavy and you'll end up losing half a day because of it. *shrug* Wonderful device though.

Re:respect (1, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643387)

I don't care what company you are and what products you normally sell. If you can create something as useful as this, you deserve respect. Well done!
It's a Web cam you ware around your neck. This is "innovation"? Don't misunderstand me, I'm not an MS basher, I've run XP as my desktop since it came out, have no major problems with it, and have only recently considered possibly a used Apple G4. But this is pretty thin on the "innovation" thing.

On the other hand, maybe Google can have people walk around town with these things and add it to their Google Maps...

Re:respect (1)

aca_broj_1 (1034904) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643963)

Innovation is not necessarily new technology, it can also be new uses for old technology. While 640x480 digital cameras may not be innovative, attaching accelerometers to them and strapping them to people's necks to gather time-lapse video is! I don't have any -- serious -- memory problems and I would love one just to be able to go back at the end of the week and review. I say great product!

Hic! (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#21646389)

the power comsumption would be too heavy and you'll end up losing half a day because of it.
I lost several days once, but it wasn't down to power consumption.

Re:respect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21646771)

"If you can create something as useful as this, you deserve respect. Well done!
"
Thanks guys!
I invented the SenseCam for Microsoft in 1999 specifically for Alzheimer's. It's been great to see the Cambridge team progress it. I left Microsoft to work on reducing global warming . I must say there has been A LOT of misinformation in the media about SenseCam. The accurate version is here www.girtonlabs.com.
Lyndsay Williams sensecam@gmail.com
Girton Laboratories Ld
Cambridge England

You can upload but can't delete images: Says Sox (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642679)

The problem is, if you take a picture every 30 sec all day in public places, then you could be a witness to crime or crimes. Thus you might have evidence of a crime in those pictures. If you have something that might or might not be evidence of a crime, you can destroy that in good faith. There is nothing wrong in shredding paper documents or throwing away audio tapes etc. Only if you destroy it knowingly to conceal a crime, it is felony obstruction of justice.

But, there was a new twist, with the Sorbanes-Oxley (spelling?) Act that mandates preservation of all electronic records, whether or not they are evidence, whether or not you knew it is evidence. So these pictures should be preserved for whatever period the act says they must be preserved.

Of course any one who posts drivel like this could not be a lawyer and I am not one.

Re:You can upload but can't delete images: Says So (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644271)

You only have to comply with SOX if you incorporate yourself into a public company. I suppose that's possible, but you will have to retain 51% of your own stock to avoid violating the 13th amendment of US constitution.

Interesting (3, Interesting)

inKubus (199753) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642693)

I could see how you could use this in school, to capture a lecture in a very basic form. Then you can run through 1 minute of audio around the time each picture was taken (say every 5 minutes) and review a 50 minute lecture in 10 minutes. Of course it's possible to record all the audio (the snippet function would be in software), so if you came to a spot that you needed to fully review, you could listen to all the audio of the section. I think that if dementia patients could benefit from this then everyone can.

It might be useful to add some additional information, such as geocoordinates, to the recordings also. Then you could "tag" your regular locations (such as the lecture hall, etc), and set up rules to automatically download and save to certain categories in the database, based on the location you were at when they recorded. So, for instance, you could set up a rule that all recordings at the coordinates of Lecture Hall One should be saved to "Physics Lectures", and all recordings at the coordinates of Lecture Hall Two go to "Accounting Lectures". It's going to need to be automatic if people are going to use it.

Is it legal in Japan? (2, Insightful)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642723)

In many countries, like Japan, there is a law that says whenever a picture is taken using a digital camera a loud and distinct click must be sounded. This was because people were snapping surreptitious pictures of other people of a particular gender from very peculiar angles and there was a public outcry. So should this camera on the lanyard sound click every 30 seconds?

Re:Is it legal in Japan? (1)

Liquidrage (640463) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643427)

So in Japan do digital camcorders sound like jackhammers?
click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click............

Careful not to lie down on a clear day outside... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642731)

Or your picture may just resemble the blue screen of death!

Re:Careful not to lie down on a clear day outside. (2, Funny)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 6 years ago | (#21645527)

It would be even better with help from a skywriter.
"A problem has been detected and Earth has been shut down to prevent damage to the universe."

Huh, what.... Accelerometer?!? (1)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642761)

It contains an accelerometer to stabilize the image and reduce blurriness
Canon uses gyroscopes to change the angle of one of the elements inside the IS series lenses in order to compensate for camera shake, allowing the photographer to slow the shutter by one or two stops more than a non-IS equipped lens (1/20th instead of 1/80th, ect...). Other manufacturers move the camera's sensor in much the same fashion to accomplish the same image stabilization effect.

How is an accelerometer in a low resolution, wide angle camera going to accomplish counteracting camera shake? Any insight?

Re:Huh, what.... Accelerometer?!? (1)

BoChen456 (1099463) | more than 6 years ago | (#21645009)

Presumably there is still some moving of either the lens or the sensor. The Accelerometer would just replace the gyroscope to get feedback on what movement is necessary. Accelerometers are very small and cheap these days.

Damn... (2, Funny)

carndearg (696084) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642783)

...Now all the user has to do is remember to charge the thing every day.

Remembering ... (1)

greichert (464285) | more than 6 years ago | (#21642849)

To be able to remember what a persone did during the day, (s)he would still have to remember to wear the camera in the morning.

Oh, it's like catcam, but for grandpa. (1)

pruneau (208454) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643563)

See http://www.mr-lee-catcam.de/ [mr-lee-catcam.de] . It's fun to see a good idea turned into another good idea.

Sousveillance (1)

argiedot (1035754) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643679)

Reminds me of that whole sousveillance thing that was hot about a year ago. Though of course, the intent is different. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sousveillance [wikipedia.org]

Final Cut (1)

internic (453511) | more than 6 years ago | (#21643763)

This bears an eerie resemblance to the movie Final Cut [imdb.com] . From the IMDB plot summary:

The story is set in a world where implanted microchips can record all moments of an individual's life. The chips are removed upon death so the images can be edited into something of a highlight reel for loved ones who want to remember the deceased.

Not nearly the same, admittedly, but I couldn't help but be reminded.

what's new about that? (1)

m2943 (1140797) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644233)

The idea of a full visual record of one's life has been around for many years. Here's one of the pioneers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mann [wikipedia.org]

I don't see what Microsoft actually contributed to this work.

I already do this for the computer: TimeSnapper (1)

(nil) (140773) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644277)

I use TimeSnapper [timesnapper.com] to do this for my computer usage on Windows. It takes a snapshot (across multiple desktops) at a user-defined interval, and can play the resulting images back as a time-lapse. Extremely useful if you need to figure out what you were doing last Tuesday, or forget where the day went. There's a free version (for non-commercial use) and a paid one with more features. Yeah, it's not a camera--but like many of us, I spend more time most days sitting in front of a computer than talking to people, anyway. --(())

how about "diary cams" for the rest of us? (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 6 years ago | (#21644983)

A few technologists are recording 100% of their waking lives on video, but maybe this one percent solution might be adequate for most of the time.
Then I might be able to remember what I ate for breakfast yeseterday!

I want one (1)

electronerdz (838825) | more than 6 years ago | (#21645469)

As much as I don't like Microsoft, I'd actually like to have one. I've always wanted to be able to record my life (apparently, I don't remember a few family trips that everyone else remembers), and go back to any day. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like it is available to the public. Has anyone seen anything similar that is available?

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21645569)

Finally I will be able to know wtf happens during my blackouts and hth do I manage to get home with no cash!

Re:Finally! (1)

thegrassyknowl (762218) | more than 6 years ago | (#21648725)

Finally I will be able to know wtf happens during my blackouts and hth do I manage to get home with no cash!

You have not heard of the mythical beer chariot? The powerful have been trying to conceal its very existence but some people [doubletongued.org] remember.

This new device will help those of us with periodic memory loss that seems only to occur on Friday nights. Perhaps we will see conclusive proof that the beer chariot exists after all!

Prior art in SF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21647829)

It's a skrode, but for people!

What's this thing around my neck? (1)

waimate (147056) | more than 6 years ago | (#21648025)

Old people with dementia find a change of routine remarkably debilitating. Even minor changes of routine. The solution is not to try keeping their world the way it was, the solution is to make them comfortable with their new world.

That involves deep immersion in routine ("the rut is your friend"), simplification of process, and acknowledging that their world *will* shrink as their sphere of competence decreases... that that this is a *good* thing, not a bad thing. Better for them to have a small world in which they feel they are coping, than to stretch to keep their world slightly wider, and thereby adding to their distress by the constant realization they are not coping.

If they manage to make a cup of tea at some point during the day, that's great. Giving them the opportunity at the end of the day to see themselves put the kettle on 16 times, take the cup out 8 times and put it away again 7 times, well that won't do anything to make them happy. And that's assuming they can remember why they've got this thing around their neck, and where the computer is.

Why the extra step? (2, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21650727)

I'm not sure why the extra step of downloading to a PC. It wouldn't be hard to put a screen on the other side of the device, like most digital snapshot cameras currently have, and view the movie there. Sure, the device would cost more, but not nearly as much as a PC and Vista license. (Or even XP license.)

I suppose one could say that "most people have a PC", but the people I know of with dementia either aren't computer-savvy or have lost the knack. To be really useful, it should be self-contained, easy to hold, and really easy to use, with big buttons.

Seems to me that Microsoft isn't actually solving "how can we do this". They're solving "how can we do this with Windows".

Hacking Memories (1)

RayHs (888369) | more than 6 years ago | (#21662497)

Just imagine the amount damage a hacker could do, planting false images to lead a person to believe or do something that they wouldn't otherwise then erasing the evidence afterwards.

Microsoft is helping people with dementia??? (1)

TristanGrimaux (841255) | more than 6 years ago | (#21666429)

This is big news... you might say: well at least they are helping the same people they drove insane... but no, how do you think the software REALLY behaves? It Mixes photograms with different patients, randomly inserts blue screens of death in movies and as the camera shuts down unexpectedly it turns out that you loose a lot of frames per day... so you never know if it is working or you just get insanely mad... nice way to go Microsoft!!!!
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