Enabling carers and nurses to retrieve the memories of people with dementia. That’s what the three HvA-engineering graduates from illi Engineering have achieved by developing their Magical Interactive Painting. Although not officially a medtech company, their product is of tremendous help to nurses and carers, and increases the quality of life for elderly people with alzheimers by bringing back cherished memories. This Ace Venture Lab Alumnus consists of founders Ruurd Bell, Mike Oudshoorn and Laurean Serné. Ruurd explains to us how they developed their invention.
Personal Interactive Wall
When explaining how they got the idea we obviously were waiting for a moving human interest-story about how one of the founders wanted to help his grandma regain her memories, but that’s not how illi started. During their studies Engineering, Design & Innovation at the HvA the three students did a minor in Care Technology. Their assignment during this minor was to improve the quality of life for elderly people with dementia, who are living in enclosed nursing homes. The three innovators developed a concept called the Personal Interactive Wall, the PIM. It categorises all kinds of content, ranging from videos to music or personal photos. Personal profiles can be set up for patients that use it, and as a result nurses and other staff members, as well as family members, can bring back old songs or photos that have personal meaning for the patients.