What is the Clevermind iPad app?
The Clevermind™ iPad® app is more than just an app. It's an interactive, easy-to-use and interesting way for the elderly and people with decreased cognitive ability to surf the Internet, connect with their loved ones and stay independently entertained while strengthening their cognitive proficiency.
- Cognitive assessment training, tracking and reporting
- Speech recognition and interaction module: “MY Intelligent Robotic Assistant” (MYIRA™)
- Carefully designed for elderly people and people with cognitive disabilities
- Big buttons, large fonts and an intuitive interface
- Multi-function scheduling, driven by the native iOS calendar
- Simplified experience for social connections like Facebook
- The ability to easily contact someone for help
As a leader in technology with almost 20 years of experience in system design and network implementation, I am driven by intellectual curiosity to provide a positive impact on society. After my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, I began working with my family to keep him constantly occupied and his mind stimulated. Although he never became proficient in using a computer, even before his cognitive impairment, he surprisingly showed great interest in using an iPad. However, he easily became lost and confused on the iPad, which required us to assist him all the time. This inspired me to explore ways to simplify his iPad experience.
After an exhaustive search, I could not find a comprehensive tool that targeted his needs. I used my own experience and knowledge in the IT industry to fill this void by building a multi-functional app that is extremely easy for anyone to use, including individuals with cognitive impairments. With this app, my father would be able to train his brain, maintain a schedule and entertain himself independently.
Much progress has been made over the last couple decades regarding the research of the human brain. Unfortunately, we still do not have a cure for many cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. According to an article in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences entitled "The Dynamic Brain: Neuroplasticity and Mental Health", the brain can basically restructure itself when challenged with new stimuli regardless of age. This means that with the proper exercise, the brain has the ability to become more active and efficient. The term that neuroscientists use to refer to this ability is “neuroplasticity”, which is continuously being researched to understand how to reactivate or deactivate areas of the brain that are damaged. The Clevermind team is applying this research in the development of our app.
Over the last few months, we have been hard at work designing and building the core foundation of the Clevermind iPad app. This has prepared us to launch our Kickstarter campaign so that we can take our prototype to production with your help.
Imagine a single app that your parents or loved ones, who have shown declining cognitive ability, could interact with using both voice and touch. This app would allow them to stay up-to-date with current events, stay on a schedule, stimulate their brain, play games, read books, watch movies, and easily connect with friends and family. Once your parents or loved ones are set up with this app, it will not only improve their quality of life, it will also improve your quality of life. Everyone’s situation is different, but just imagine what you could do with those few extra minutes or hours in your day! This app will give you the confidence of knowing that the ones you care about are exercising their brain and are no longer simply watching TV, or staring out the window while in need of constant attention.
The goal of Clevermind is to create a platform for people who are aging and/or suffering from cognitive impairment diseases such as Alzheimer's or Dementia. Research shows that certain types of mental exercise can enhance brain health and function.
The Clevermind iPad app will offer cognitive therapy, social interaction, patient history and assessment data for trending. It is anticipated that upon final release, the Clevermind iPad app will become a significant part of research studies and clinical trials. The ultimate goal is to improve cognitive health in elderly patients and to potentially supplement the standard plan of care for Alzheimer’s patients.
Using an Apple TV and Air Play on the iPad you will be able to project the app to a big screen TV for use in front of a room of people or just to make things even bigger. Here is one of the games that we built into the app!
We have a dedicated team based in the Chicago metropolitan area that is hard at work building the Clevermind iPad app. Over the past few months, we have designed, redesigned and re-imagined this app, pouring countless hours into thinking about the unique experience of its users, the technical aspects of the project and the delivery of the app at an affordable price point. We have been working with neurologists, psychologists, general practitioners, nursing home staff, nurses and home caregivers to identify the needs and requirements for the Clevermind iPad app.
Phase I: Release Date - June 2013
Initial Funding Target of $10,000 will enable us to release the app with this core functionality:
- Core foundation with big button links to popular websites, social connections, movies, music, and games
- Speech recognition and interaction using our custom programmed module: “MY Intelligent Robotic Assistant” (MYIRA™)
- Schedule driven with calendar sharing, medication reminders, games, assessment scheduling, etc.
- User profile setup with password protection for personal data and usernames
- Daily activity exercises such as: Words of the Day, Q&A of current and past events, memory matching, etc.
- Voice-activated Emergency Contact module and app tutorial
What if we exceed our Initial Funding Goal?
The Clevermind iPad app will be available in the App Store™ in June 2013, provided we achieve our initial funding goal. Depending on the extent to which we exceed our initial goal, we will be able to fast-track the phases of development and we would plan to release this app across multiple platforms. Each game and brain exercise that we develop will be its own individual app that we will incorporate into Clevermind. Each phase requires increased design and engineering time and the need to hire more developers. At the same time, we are working with numerous doctors from leading hospitals to establish an advisory board that helps steer the direction of Clevermind iPad app development.
Phase II: Stretch Goal 1 - $50,000
- Progress reporting and graphing
- Basic data collection and tracking stored locally
- Simplified experience of Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Improved speech recognition and interaction
- Additional cognitive activities and games
- Create MYIRA in 3D with Animation
Phase III: Stretch Goal 2 - (Future Release Roadmap)
- Android, Kindle and Microsoft Windows RT versions
- Multi-language support starting with Spanish
- External cloud-based configuration, data collection and reporting
- Secure data retrieval capability
- Vital signs tracking (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and weight)
We Need Your Help!
With your help, we can bring the Clevermind iPad app to people who want to give their loved ones a simple and fun way to strengthen their cognitive ability all over the world. Thank you for your support and for helping us to accomplish our mission.
We have received endorsements from all the following entities who have contributed in some way to help us launch this campaign: BridgePoint Technologies, Taste Media Group, RCS & Associates, DRF Trusted Property Solutions, Gossip Genie, iMiller Public Relations and 3D FigureWorks.
Your pledges will help us make the first release possible and put this app in the hands of research centers for free so that they can help more people like my father at earlier stages of the disease.
THANK YOU: An email personally thanking you for supporting this project. You are helping me achieve my dream of helping my father, as well as many other people, to experience and enjoy a better quality of life. If you share your contribution on Twitter, we’ll give you a shout out there as well.
PEN PAL: A thank you postcard in the mail and a stylish Clevermind pen with stylus for use on your iPad or tablet. See FAQ for shipping.
MAIN EVENT: The Clevermind iPad app, complete with access to all future release updates as they become available in the App Store. You’ll also receive a thank you postcard and the Clevermind pen with stylus, as well as your name featured on our website as a founding contributor. See FAQ for shipping.
THINKER: The Clevermind iPad app, complete with access to all future release updates as they become available in the App Store as well as a Clevermind 2-1/4" Rubik's Cube and your name featured on our website as a founding contributor. You’ll also receive a thank you postcard and the Clevermind pen with stylus. See FAQ for shipping.
CLEVER-TEE: The Clevermind iPad app, complete with access to all future release updates as they become available in the App Store and a Clevermind t-shirt (we will contact you to get your size). You will also receive a Clevermind 2-1/4" Rubik's Cube and your name featured on our website as a founding contributor. You’ll also receive a thank you postcard and the Clevermind pen with stylus. See FAQ for shipping.
CLEVERMIND MEETUP: A Meetup.com group event with the Clevermind team. We'll organize an event in the Chicagoland area for the backers of this pledge to thank you personally and provide a forum for you to learn more about the Clevermind iPad app. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. The number of people attending will determine the most suitable date, time and location for the event. You will also receive everything listed in the Clever-Tee tier.
BETA TESTER: Become a Beta Tester before the first release and for future updates including the subscription service! If you live in the Chicagoland area, I would enjoy meeting you for lunch or spending an hour with you and the user for whom the Clevermind iPad app is intended. I look forward to meeting with you one-on-one to thank you and walk you through the functionality of the app. Note: This is based on a mutually agreed upon meeting time and location within 60 miles of downtown Chicago. You will also get everything listed in the Clever-Tee tier.
BETA TESTER 3D: Become a Beta Tester before the first release and for future updates including the subscription service! Receive a numbered 3D color printed figurine prototype of MYIRA. You will also get everything listed in the Clever-Tee tier. See FAQ for shipping.
JET-SETTER: If you live outside the Chicago metropolitan area and within the continental United States, I will fly to meet you for lunch and/or spend up to three hours with you and the user for whom the Clevermind iPad app is intended. I look forward to meeting with you one-on-one to thank you and walk you through the functionality of the app. Note: This is based on a mutually agreed upon meeting time and location within the continental United States. You will also get everything listed in the Clever-Tee tier.
On which platforms will the Clevermind iPad app be available?
Initially we are developing the app for the Apple iPad 2(or newer) and iPad Mini (versions running iOS 5 and newer); we'll be releasing Android and Microsoft Windows RT versions later this year.
What is the difference between MYIRA and Siri?
MYIRA or MY Intelligent Robotic Assistant, is based on an open-source speech engine developed by a university project. The voice dictionary is stored locally in the app, which does not require an Internet connection to function. The Apple iOS Siri requires an Internet connection to function because the voice dictionary is stored in Apple’s cloud servers.
What languages will the Clevermind iPad app support?
Initially we are developing the app in English, but we plan to offer multi-language support, such as Spanish, in a later phase of our development plan.
How does Clevermind deal with privacy issues?
We take privacy very seriously at Clevermind. We want to make it easy to control the privacy of each individual who will be using the app. A portion of the Kickstarter funds will be used to make the privacy controls in our app even more intuitive and robust.
What about shipping for the rewards merchandise?
If you make a pledge for rewards that require shipping, please be aware that there will be an additional charge for shipping the merchandise to you based on your location so please don't forget to add shipping to your pledge.
Disclaimer: The Clevermind iPad app does not cure Alzheimer's disease or Dementia and it may not be effective for seriously impaired individuals.
Risks and challenges
In establishing our timeline we acknowledge the existence of many risks. We are putting the Clevermind iPad app through as rigorous a testing period as possible to eliminate any unexpected bugs before we submit to the App Store.
Another risk is that Apple does not approve the app in a timely manner. And another challenge that we have already faced involves the limitations of the Apple Terms of Service which govern the launching of native apps. Finally, the speech recognition engine presents yet another challenge. It is stored locally and requires much engineering time to make it work within our requirements. Speech recognition engines often have delays in processing the requests and providing responses. We are focusing a significant amount of development time to optimizing both the quality and sound of the speech recognition engine.
We will be providing progress updates on a regular basis to keep all of our Kickstarter supporters well informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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