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by Shane Stokes
November 24, 2017
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Dementia suffers are trialing a new treatment, with an indoor bike and Google street view being combined to try to stimulate memories and, hopefully, help sufferers of the condition. The BikeAround system was developed by biomechanical engineer Anne-Christine Hertz, and allows users to virtually pedal through familiar neighborhoods such as the one where they grew up.
“We wanted it to be as realistic as possible,” said Hertz. “When you sit down, you should feel that you are there.” Riders pedal and steer, thus navigating the streets. It is hoped that the mental and physical stimulation will release the neurotransmitter dopamine which, in turn, is hoped will improve memory.
Hertz is a manager at the Centre for Health Technology of Halmstad, Sweden, and partnered with Camanio Care. The latter is a company developing robotics and assistive aids for health care, and helped design the technology involved in the system.
See the video below for more, and click this link to read further details at The Institute publication.