Memo Touch: A Tablet for the Elderly
The Memotouch is a tablet based on Archos 101 IT designed for the elderly with short-term memory loss such as persons affected by Alzheimer.
Memo helps people with memory loss remember important information by displaying it 24/7 on a 10″ tablet. The elder needs no computer knowledge or skills to benefit from the continual reminders displayed automatically. Messages, audio alerts, and other features are programmed remotely by caregivers (health professionals or family members) through a website.
Memo is customizable via the web interface and you can select to either display a single message or also add the following items on the tablet:
- To Do List
- Phone List
- Pill Box
- Photo Album
- Help Button
The company sells the tablet for 299 USD, plus 29 USD a month for a 6-month subscription (174 USD Total) or 25 USD a month for a one year subscription (300 USD Total) providing a low-cost alternative to home health care according to the company. Before purchasing, you can also try the web service for 14-day free of charge. You can find more information on Memotouch Website.
While I tried to find an alternative application on the Android market for those who already have a tablet, I found tweri:Alzheimer caregiver tool. It is a free application, but it’s quite different from Memo. The application helps monitoring Alzheimer patients when they take a walk. You can set geographical and time limits and they can press a “lost” button so that you can find them back thanks to their GPS coordinates.
There are several Memo applications on the Android marketplace, but I could not find one that can be remotely controlled. If you can plan which messages or alerts you want to display at home that’s fine, but you would not be able to send messages /notices live.