Memory Pod aims to encourage conversation between individuals with dementia and their loved ones/carers. Rather than focusing on improving deteriorating skills which can be frustrating and counterproductive, Memory Pod encourages those emotionally laden recollection skills that are generally more accessible for a person with dementia. Photographs of special moments in a person’s life are slotted into the device and trigger music or voice messages which enhance memories associated with the photo.
The device aims to support memories shared between loved ones as well as reflecting on those experienced in the past. The accompanying app enables users to share moments from all over the world. Additionally, an educational booklet is provided, describing the difficulties that a person with dementia may be facing and guiding the reader through simple tips to support effective communication.