Till now no healing methods of neurodegenerative disease “dementia” in sight. Sick people usually need a lot of help, but afford the nurses and relatives. In the future, but also high-tech to help make life easier for dementia ill people. At the CeBIT in Hanover, the Technical University of Chemnitz a new technology, the imageless been cooperating and without cameras based on 3D sensors and able patients to recognize and remember things.

3D sensors: More than just motion

With the help of new technology with dementia should be able to live in their own homes longer. The TU Chemnitz’d like to introduce the new sensor technology in the context of technology trade show CeBIT, which takes place from 16 to 20 March 2015 in Hannover. Currently, the 3D sensors are tested in a university laboratory internal apartment. In contrast to previous technology for people with dementia, the system works without cameras and imageless, so that all pictures must be sent only to a control center to watch your house from the outside can. The people thus obtain a system which protects the privacy significantly, and therefore more independent living more enjoyable.

System relies on acoustic signals

Julia Richter worked as a researcher in the new system and told the dpa the operation. According to the expert, the data of the smart sensor network not leave the apartment for people with dementia. If the sick person, for example, do not use the bathroom in the morning or sitting too long in front of the television, acoustic signals are emitted as a reminder supports.
Notification function for carers and family members

In addition to the audible tones, the system is also able to inform carers or relatives if necessary. “If the patient specifically requests image transmission, which is likewise possible,” said Ms. Richter. The focus is on the collection and analysis of daily activities. “The sensor informs whether people drink plenty of water, exercise or her personal hygiene fulfill.”
Technology as a useful supplement human contacts

However, the new high-tech sensors can not replace human contact in the future. To take into account is also the setting of patients on this topic. Patients must use the sensors actually want and should not be so “taken by surprise”.