Grant supports advancement and usage research study for puzzle developed for the Alzheimer’s and dementia populations.
RALEIGH, NC/ ACCESSWIRE/ March 23, 2023/ Jigsawdio, a woman-owned small company headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., got a $500,000 Science and Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to money the model advancement and usage research study of its audiovisual jigsaw puzzle gadget produced particularly for the Alzheimer’s and dementia populations.
“I’ve seen absolutely nothing like this for any population,” stated Jigsawdio creator and CEO Amy Young. “It is a special platform created for those with amnesia to engage with the significant elements of their life.”
The puzzle, made up of acrylic pieces played in a soundframe, includes images and audio stories particular to a specific with amnesia.
“Users play their collection of physical customized jigsaw puzzles on a displayable frame,” stated Young. “Each puzzle has 6 ‘sound’ pieces that play recordings that tell the image connected with that part of the puzzle. It is the only jigsaw puzzle with pieces that play recordable noise.”
Young, who operated in academic innovation prior to establishing Jigsawdio, discussed that interest in establishing such an item for kids resulted in discussions with individuals whose grandparents might not remember their grandchildren.
“This item is being made particularly for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and other memory concerns,” stated Young. “Statistics reveal that there are inadequate caretakers to use the individual attention to keep members of these populations engaged. Much of their time is invested in really passive activities.
“Jigsawdio (Patent Pending) intends to offer a method to engage them more socially. It is personally appropriate and simple to utilize. We have an IOS App that guides individuals action by action in filling their images and sounds to produce their puzzles. While the puzzle is not yet offered for purchase, the very first variation of the app is prepared now in the App Store.”
Supported by engineer and style business for its hardware, firmware, software application, and difficult acrylic pieces, theJigsawdio models presently consist of 12-, 24-, and 36-piece puzzle choices, which will be finished by April. The puzzle then gets in a customized six-week research study.
“This research study, carried out by scientists from Indiana University, will consist of individuals’ relative and caretakers who can supply feedback and concepts to produce a puzzle, consisting of present and previous occasions, pastimes, preferred family pets, and stories,” Young stated.
“The research study will determine the psychological elements of the images and sounds to the individuals, what they like and how they react, along with how they engage.
“Jigsawdio is ‘The puzzle that speaks with you.’ Our objective is to enhance the state of mind and lifestyle of and bring happiness to those with amnesia.”
To find out more, please go to jigsawdio.com or email [email protected]
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