When Emma Yang was 7 or 8 years old, her grandmother began to forget things. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, her memory quickly worsened and the family began to look for ways to help her keep track of memories and day-to-day tasks.
Reminders were posted around the house, and the family used an iPad to send her photos labeled with the names of those pictured.
Emma thought that there should be a mobile app that would help people like her grandmother, but nothing in the current market fit.
Luckily, Emma had begun to dabble in the Swift programming language, which is used to create apps for Apple devices.
So she decided to make an app of her own, called Timeless.
Timeless has four main features, keeping things simple enough to understand while still being helpful.
“Updates” allow family members to send photos to the user. Facial recognition tags each person and their relationship to the user to aid memory retention.
“Contact” provides a central place for the user to find family and friends and get in touch with them. It also reminds the user of when they last called the person.
“Today” is a daily schedule of tasks and activities the user needs to be reminded of, managed by their primary caregiver.
But the most notable feature is called “Identify.”
This allows the user to snap a photo of a person and the facial recognition software will identify the person and their relationship to the user in moments.
Timeless is currently in development, and they are crowdfunding for the money needed to polish it fully and get it out to test users.
There are also plans for future features that will aid in Alzheimer’s research and monitor the progress of the user’s disease.
To learn more check out Emma’s campaign on Indiegogo!
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