On Wednesday, December 6th a music device designed specifically for persons living with dementia was examined by CBC News. University of Guelph’s computer science student, Frazer Seymour, developed The Adaptable Music Interface (AMI). AMI is a device that makes playing songs, skipping songs, and adjusting music on a tablet easier. The prototype uses multiple adjustable buttons that change in size and colour to make controlling music straightforward and easier for persons living with dementia and other neurological conditions. The prototype is a plastic base that holds a tablet in place and has three sets of controls. They include turning the device on and off, changing the song, and adjusting the volume. Each control has interchangeable dials and switches that can be adjusted to suit the physical and cognitive changes that may occur during the progression of living with dementia. This prototype is an important tool for ensuring that persons living with dementia continue to experience the joy and neurological stimulation that comes from listening to music. AMI is not yet available for purchasing but Seymour continues to work with LifeMusic and Autodesk to create the final product.
AUTHOR(S): Carmen Ponciano
DATE RETRIEVED: Friday December 8th, 2017