I guess many of you know what the disease Alzheimer/Dementia is about. Possible some of you have personal experiences with people close by. There are some robot-animals available and also some other devices that can assist patients with Alzheimer/Dementia like in the link below:
From my own experience, I can report that those robot animals really work great. Many of the other devices are more of a rip-off with many entanglements.
I have experienced that these patients react very much to homey. Like homey commenting when the weather/temperature has changed, telling that there was post delivered, etc. The patient also likes to “talk to homey” and homey has the ability to capture the attention by using the LED-ring when listening/looking for the answer. Compared to other devices homey has a reasonable price… Who would have thought that
Now for my questions, I could use some suggestions and ideas.
- Only “old” homeys will do (pre-2019) since a microphone is required. I would gladly use an Alexa or Google voice assistant, but they miss the attention capturing aspect like homeys LED-ring. Does anyone know of any connectable devices that could create a similar function?
- Besides conversation interaction, it is also important that agenda items can be announced via voice. Something like “it is 10:00 am, it is time to take a red pill”. I already tried some with google, but I did not find an option where a schedule item can be spoken at a specific time. Any suggestions here?
- This could be a huge “new market” for athom It would be great if we could add extra functionality to homey as a helpful patient assistant. Any thoughts on this?