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Sea Hero Quest is an innovative new mobile game specifically designed to create the world’s largest crowd sourced data set to benchmark human spatial navigation. Launched by Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading telecommunication companies, this multi-platform mobile game has been specifically designed to help advance understanding of spatial…
Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network. The feature rolling out on Facebook's iPhone and iPad apps interprets what's in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence…
A new research project aims to develop software that can predict when people are likely to die. Scientists plan to use data routinely collected by healthcare providers, including information on diseases, treatments and lifestyle habits. Knowing in advance when to expect the grim reaper could have financial and medical benefits,…
A potentially revolutionary therapy that trains the immune system to attack cancer has shown "extraordinary" results in early trials involving terminally ill patients. In one study 94% of participants with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) saw their symptoms vanish completely. Patients with other blood cancers saw response rates greater than 80%…
A consortium of leading researchers, care providers and robotics experts have received a major award of over £2m from Innovate UK to develop a modular robotic solution for the home to revolutionise long-term care by giving people the choice to stay independent in their own homes as they age. The…
Playing three dimensional video games may protect against the dulling of memory that comes with age, a study has found. Scientists believe 3D gaming could provide a novel treatment for people affected by age-related memory loss or dementia. Student volunteers playing the game Super Mario 3D World boosted their performance…
Dr Jane Reeves of the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent has been commended by police for creating a tool to educate pupils on extremism and internet safety. Dr Reeves, Co-Director of the Centre for Child Protection, worked with colleagues and Kent Police to develop Zak, a…
Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Dr Nigel Newbutt, Associate Head of Media and Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol, said, “With as many as…
The Western Trust Memory Service is celebrating after being announced winners in the first ever University of Stirling International Dementia Awards, recently held in Birmingham. The Memory Service won the Innovation Team Award which recognizes a team who has demonstrated exceptionally high quality of care to dementia patients and their…
Technology that could alert you if your elderly parents fall ill at home or which could help dementia patients better manage their condition are being developed in a major new research project. Professor Liming Chen, of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, is leading the…
This Get Online Week (12-18 October), Skills for Care is encouraging social care employers to think about how they could be more ‘digital’ as a way of working more efficiently and effectively. It is becoming increasingly important that service managers and frontline workers can be digital thinkers and doers. As…
Cardiff University are looking at new ideas for research to improve life and healthcare for those living in care homes. However, they need the input of people who have direct experience of providing care to make sure we are addressing the right questions to help achieve this. The research team …
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