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.”
Nina's game is not available yet, but who knows what will happen in the future? Do you want to stay up-to-date with the latest developments for the Tovertafel? Sign up for the newsletter!
How do clients experience the service from Active Cues?
When Colin Hanssen (aged 23 years old), Applied Psychology student at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, came across an internship at Active Cues, he was immediately enthusiastic. From September to December 2016, he investigated how clients experience Active Cues' service.
Students play an important role in the development and constant improvement of the Tovertafel. For example, they investigate the physical and social effects of Tovertafel games on the users. But service is also of great importance for Active Cues. Colin: “During my internship, I investigated the feeling: when are you really satisfied? What do Active Cues' clients require? I spoke with various Tovertafel users about their experiences with the Active Cues' service.”
Colin: “From the conversations it emerged that care workers need human contact. This contact is also of great value to Active Cues. Technology is becoming more and more important in the care sector. How do you ensure that you bridge the gulf between technology and human contact? Active Cues wants to make using the Tovertafel as easy as possible for the users, for example by employing Tovertafel Buddies, who familiarise relatives and care staff with using the device.”
When Colin was asked about his experience with Active Cues, he did not need to think for long: “It was really great! I got totally immersed, learnt all about the business and thought it was amazing that I could contribute towards moments of happiness in the care sector.”
The results from Colin's research will be used to make further improvements to Active Cues' service. If you have suggestions or questions, we would be happy to hear from you!