Samsung has introduced a new app called “Backup Memory” designed specifically to help those afflicted with Alzheimers. The app is the result of an effort by Samsung Electronics Tunisia (SETN) workers, among them being Azer Jaafoura who said, “We wanted to make life easier for Alzheimer’s patients as well as their caretakers.” Ultimately they produced the Backup Memory app, which aims to stimulate the user’s memory (if they’re suffering from early Alzheimer’s, that is). Among other things, the app shows how the user is related to someone.
The Backup Memory app shows the user’s relationship to someone, and uses the phone to show the identity of people that are nearby to the user. This is achieved over Bluetooth, with each person near the patient (a caretaker, for example) also running the Backup Memory app on their phone.
When those running the app are near the patient (who also has the app on their phone), the patient will see whatever identity data has been uploaded to the app. Not only does this help improve the patient’s daily life, it also provides cognitive stimulation.
The app is only available for Android, and is currently being offered in both English and French. In the future, however, there will be more features such as GPS tracking and an improved interface. You can grab the app for yourself now from the Google Play Store.