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Technologies for Memory Overdrive!



Many technological devices use digital media to enable people to remember activities, incidents and past occurrences’. Personal memories from the past often at times, serve as foundation blocks for present day activities and can serve as influencers for the creation of future memories. Ones memory serves as a primary element which helps define ones identities, build relationships and foster conversational interactions with our peers.  The challenges with the fallibility of our memories pose the need for devices to assist with failing memory.

Reference Information

Crete-Nishihata, M., Baecker, R. M., Massimi, M., Ptak, D., Campigotto, R., Kaufman, L. D., … Black, E. (2012). Reconstructing the Past : Personal Memory Technologies Are Not Just for Memory. Human-Comuter Interaction, (June 2013), 37–41. doi:10.1080/07370024.2012.656062


The paper investigates the relevance of personal memory technologies from the vantage point of the needs of older adults with memory impairments. The authors review three studies that were conducted by them for persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In the first study (12 participants) the authors worked with participants with AD and MCI and their families to develop DVD-based Multimedia Biographies. This digital media solution drew on the events, places and people from the participants past life. The authors engaged in a 6 month research inquiry to evaluate psychosocial effects of viewing these memory inspirations had on the participants and their family members. In the second study the authors designed a home-based ambient display that allowed a person with AD to review their past life and present life images documented using a SenseCam. The third study was directed towards determining the effects of the following types of data delivery from a SenseCam for 5 participants with MCI: raw image streaming, slide show with narration by a family member and a control group with no images at all.

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