DTU Nominated for 3 ‘Oscars’ of the Eldercare Industry
By Tania Groth
DTU and Professor Henrik Hautop Lund from Center for Playware, DTU Electrical Engineering, are nominated for the development of the Moto Tiles for eldercare.
DTU and Professor Henrik Hautop Lund of our Center for Playware are nominated in as many as three categories for what is known as “the Oscars of the eldercare industry”. Also known as the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, the awards recognise the best in eldercare product and service delivery.
Moto Tiles are designed as an alternative form of physical rehabilitation exercise to allow elderly citizens to break away from monotonous training programs, and participate in an exercise that is fun and exciting, and therefore more motivating.
The tiles act like interactive LEGO bricks for physical interaction, and can be clicked together to form a path or surface on the floor. Each tile light up in blue, red, green, yellow or purple, encouraging interaction and physical play.
The tiles have been designed to activate the elderly by means of a variety of games, which can be selected and controlled on a tablet.
Qualitative studies show that therapists and elderly find the training with Moto Tiles fun and highly motivating. Further, scientific clinical effect studies at DTU show that training with the Moto tiles has a large effect on the functional abilities of patients, and cognitive tests by Hitachi show the effects on the brain. It is shown that playful training give significant effects with substantially less training sessions than what is needed with more traditional training methods. The Moto Tiles are used in rehabilitation centers, senior activity center, care homes, etc.
As the only innovation nominated in this many categories, the Moto Tiles are nominated in the main category of the Innovation of the Year, in the category of Best Dementia Care Programme, and in the category of Best Product to Support Ageing-In-Place. The award galla for the Oscars of the eldercare industry will take place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 16th May, 2018.
source: Technical University of Denmark