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Table 2 Types and uses of Assistive Technology

From: Informal carers’ experience of assistive technology use in dementia care at home: a systematic review

Main Use Type of Assistive Technology Product Availability
Basic Activities of Daily Living Assistive robot – ‘Ed’ - personal computer; microphones, LCD screen, speakers and web cameras [51]; Robotic assistants [76, 83] Research prototype
Leisure and social interaction Special remote control [58]/ Simple remote control to TV [48, 50, 64] Commercial Product
Wearable sensors [71] Commercial Product
Robotic Therapy ‘seal’ [67] Commercial Product
Talking cazette/magazine [58] Commercial Product
Telephones:
Picture button telephone [46, 58, 75]/ Simple mobile phone [10, 48, 50, 69]/ Photo memory telephone [47]/Easy to use telephone [79]
Commercial Product
Tablet computer [42, 70, 80] /MP3 player [89] Commercial Product
Memory support Memory aid [58, 88]/Memory games [87]/Information on village they live in [87]/Cognitive stimulation exercises [88] Research prototype
Memory Message [48, 57] Commercial Product
Timer to coffee machine [48, 50] Research prototype
Locators:
Object locator [50]/ Lost item locator [35, 46, 75]/Locating technologies [81]
Commercial Product
Memory support and Orientation Forget-Me-Not Calendar [57] Commercial Product
Message box connected to coffee machine [50] Research prototype
Information retrieval system [63] Commercial Product
Reminiscence tools [10, 69] Research prototype
Clocks and calendars:
Electronic orientation clocks [10, 69]/ Night and Day Calendar [46, 48, 57, 75, 85]/ automatic day and date calendar [48]/automatic calendar [49, 50]/ Digital calendar with remote control [50]/ Memory clock [48, 50]/
Commercial Product
Memory support; Orientation; Safety and security MeDose watch [57] Commercial Product
Integrated Rosetta system: Elderly Day Navigator + The early Detection System + Unattended autonomous surveillance system [90] Research Prototype
Assisted cognition system - touchscreen reminders for the day, current date and time, tracking [91] Research Prototype
Smart home management system (Xanboo) [38]/Smart home technologies [76] Commercial Product
Personalised recorded messages [72] Commercial Product
Orientation; Safety and security Medicine reminders:
Electronic medication reminder [46, 47, 75, 88]; electronic pill dispensers [10, 35, 59, 69, 82]/ Medicine dispenser with alarm [48, 50]/Medication organiser [81]
Commercial Product
COGKNOW day navigator - sensors and sensor network [65, 86] Research prototype
Talking motion sensors [72] Commercial Product
Safety and security Passive positioning alarm package [62, 73] Commercial Product
Safety alarm [58] Commercial Product
Bed alarm [58]/Bed occupancy sensor [81] Commercial Product
Door alarm [58, 79] Commercial Product
Sensors:
Passage sensor [58]/Sensors [38, 39, 48, 63, 88]/Movement detectors [41, 47]/ Movement sensors [35, 81]/Proximity alarms [81]/Fall sensor [76]
Commercial Product
Global Positioning Systems:
Electronic tracking device [58]/ GPS [50, 59, 78, 92]/ GPS Location monitoring devices [10, 66, 69, 84]/Tracking devices [41, 48, 76]/GPS Tracking system [52, 54,55,56, 67, 74, 77]
Commercial Product/Research prototype
Stove timer [50, 53]/ Cooker alarm [48]/Gas cooker device [46, 75]/ Automatic gas switch off devices [41]/Cooker monitors [58] Commercial Product
Electronic door lock [48, 50]/Touchpad key locks [81] Commercial Product
Talking wrist watch [48, 50] Commercial Product
ADLife - gateway with alarm button, sensors [61] Research prototype
In-home night time monitoring system [36, 37, 40] Research prototype
Automatic night lamp [46, 75] Commercial Product
Automatic water switch off devices [41]/Water detector alerts [81] Commercial Product
Baby monitors [68, 72] Commercial Product
Health monitoring system [67] Commercial Product
Emergency response system [39, 88]/Emergency transmitters [79] Commercial Product
Safety and security, Social interaction Skype (on computer/tablet PC) [68]; Social contact system [67] Commercial Product
NOCTURNAL - Sensors, communication devices, tablet PC [60] Research prototype
Cameras [35, 41, 47, 68, 72, 81]/ Video communication system [63, 76, 87, 88]/Video surveillance [76] Commercial Product