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Memojob - successes and limitations of a memory aid system
Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Gregor, P., Shah, P., Evans, J. & WILSON, B.
Brain Impairment, 5(1), pp. 98-99, 2004
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Memory problems are among the most common effects of brain injury and can also occur with the ageing process. Prospective memory problems are characterized by the inability to remember to execute tasks at certain times in the future, such as preparing breakfast. Electronic memory aids have been used successfully to give short reminders to individuals with prospective memory problems, usually in visual or auditory form. This paper discusses the implementation of a memory aid system we have developed and evaluated with memory-impaired participants. More specifically, we focus on the pitfalls and lessons learned in the process of the development of this system, from the first stages of functional analysis and requirements gathering involving participants to the stage of data gathering and analysis. Methodological and technical challenges are identified and their relevance discussed in the context of system development. Though the evaluation data of the memory aid are promising, much has been learned which will enable us to address limitations of the present system and to develop a more useful and usable system. As the technology for the design of electronic memory aids becomes ever more powerful and versatile, the applications of such systems within assistive technology seem to be too great an opportunity to be missed. Some of these were discussed.