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For more than 10 years I was involved in EPSRC funded research projects designing computer-based systems to support people living with dementia. Our team comprised expertise from the Design School, DJCAD, University of Dundee; Psychology at the University of St Andrews and the School of Computing, University of Dundee.
This ITN report highlighted early prototype designs of our team's reminiscence system 'CIRCA'(Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid).
The images below show final iterations of the interface design. We launched CIRCA as product in alongside our dementia games system LIM (Living in the Moment) in 2010. Our work directly influenced the BBC's on-line reminiscence system RemArc, which our team advised on.
CIRCA contains a large database of video clips including film trailers, classic TV programmes and public information films.
The clips were intentionally short as they were intended to be a catalyst to prompt conversation and not as immersive entertainment.
The database includes hundreds of popular songs from different eras.
Music is a strong medium for prompting conversation and sing-a-longs.
This screen was designed to evoke the nostalgic sense of attending a traditional cinema screening.
CIRCA contains hundreds of archive photographs. Another great resource for prompting memories and conversation.
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