Dementia, Nadia and Alban discussed on Chips with Everything


Technologies. Looks like, oh, except the of being projected onto the pages. Okay. Choose an object, each object on lots of different peasants album. How it's changed now. Oh, Beth day cake, and I can't place an object in the circle on the table. Okay, so this objects here. We've got a fridge magnet of great Yarmouth. I'm gonna choose that one. I'm gonna choose that one. So what's the purpose of this kind of to Alban this interactive too. So this is the memory album that we developed in collaboration with a care home and live Kook green haze community integrated care care home. And we spent a lot of time talking to mainly carers and family members trying to understand that daily lives and what came out was actually in this care home, which is a positive care care home. The biggest interaction in connection that people had was with their photographs. So we wanted to develop a project or a piece of work that kind of brought them together and the idea that you can flick through a physical photograph album, but that the digitally projected so that actually each album can be tailored to each to each resident. How does that work? How does the physical object change the? So we use RFID tag. Ax. So it's quite simple piece of technology actually, just embedded underneath the the desktop. They're the top of the desk. We've had the Nadia birth, oh, said technology to be truly effective our social network. It should be able to adopt to the effective needs of each use agreeable even each individual. So how important is it that research technology, like what you're doing is applied to vulnera- people like those with dementia? Well, I think what's important for any technologies that needs to understand the social context it's going into because we don't one off technologies to shape a social context. We want all social context to shape the technology and what's really important to have a social scientists like me working alongside wonderful colleagues at UCLA, like Nadia twos who work within computer science thought kind of connection, which we can have conversations about what the technology can do and what we need the technology to do is. Title, and also it's so hard for people just ordinary people to think and talk about touch. And so what we've had to do quite law is think about how to research it to kind of exploratory artistic research environment that they've created in the exhibition cannot give us a new route into talking and observing people's touch experiences. Okay. What would you say you've learned so far? Well, normally a social scientists like me would wait until the technologies out in the wild till everybody's using it, but I feel with these touch technologies that they really are gonna have a big impact on our world. I'm, we need to understand them in the labs. We need to get in early with the conceptual design and development and trying to have some impact Juvenille exhibition. We had some drama students come in and that was really exciting to see the ways in which they undermined and supply. Voted the design of the technologies and did very different things that we had an anticipated could be done with the different exit dancing around them wearing the bounds on the wrong part of their body. It was. It was great to see because that's what we do with technologies. People design them first, and we find different kinds of uses for them and also chal world's say what specific problems associated like you and -ticipant when digital touch technology used in health care, I think a lot of different ethical issues that arise when we think about any kind of technology. So I think it's thinking about issues of privy. For example, if I those a device around to touch those us with a vulnerable, older person, I think those have to have the rights or the facilitates Bill to block that touch. They didn't want to experience it. We'll so maybe they've got a health condition that means it would be sometimes very uncomfortable, painful. To be touched. And that could be like a psychological over fissile article health condition. So I think people need to have some control a lot of control over when and how they're being touched by whom so with older people in lots of health context of benefits of touching and stroking have really been shown. And so understanding the kinds of memories that you, if oh, can with someone whether or not the positive and beneficial is very key. You told us about filling Judy. Is there a sense that people like them kind of need, this kind of technology is desire for something like this to help their lives? I think in the care homes, particularly we found that it was the family members that needed. This sort of thing actually wasn't necessarily the residence that was suffering from dementia. It was the family members who wanted reassurance that they still have that connection with loved ones. So

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