On Wednesday the 31st of August, Industrial Design student Nina van Adrichem graduated from TU Delft. For the last six months, she did research into the use of the Tovertafel for people at the early stages of the dementia journey.
Nina: “During my master's in Design for Interaction, we looked at the design of a new product together with users, in terms of their needs and wishes. The Tovertafel Original is intended for people who are at the later stages of the dementia journey. However, I thought about a new target group.” In care institutions, music is used a lot, which is what Nina worked on: “I came up with a game in which the Tovertafel was projected onto the floor, and the players had to move to the rhythm of the music. If they did that well, they began to play ‘their' instrument, and so, a band emerged.”
Nina worked with, among others, Active Cues' developer Rajiv. “It was really great to work together with a programmer who had a lot of experience with the Tovertafel,” says Nina. “Everything worked! It was a nice challenge to do research with a new target group. I'm really behind the concept of the Tovertafel and am curious about how it will develop further.” Rajiv from Active Cues: “Research such as that conducted by Nina contributes to the Tovertafel and inspires us in the development of new games.”
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