Niklas Karvonen, Stefan Sävenstedt and Basel Kikhia. Missing from the picture is Josef Hallberg and Johan Bengtsson. Photo: Mikael Sundkvist View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Successful researchers in Venture Cup Nord

Published: 17 December 2014

Memorizon won the category Life Sciences & Technology in the regional finals of the Venture Cup Nord. The product aims to increase the quality of life of people with dementia and people with autism. Behind this idea is researcher in nursing and distributed computing systems at Luleå University.

– It feels great that we got this far in the competition and that we got to show our product. Now we will continue to develop and test the product before customers can use it. We expect to have the product fully completed in the autumn of 2015, says the Basel Kikhia, researcher in Nursing.

Memorizon can be used by people with mild dementia and people with autism to log their daily lives and help them discuss their life experiences. The system collects data through a camera worn by the user, which automatically takes pictures. Later, the images are analyzed by a program that divides them into activities, and presents them to the user and carer in an organized manner.

– I believe and hope that the product will be used, as it improves the quality of life for people with dementia and people with autism. The product also saves money for the health care system because it helps older people to live longer at home, before moving to nursing homes, Basel Kikhia continues.

The product has been developed by Basel Kikhia and Stefan Sävenstedt, researchers in Nursing, as well as Josef Hallberg, Niklas Karvonen and Johan Bengtsson, researchers in Pervasive and Mobile Computing. 

Potential to market launch

Also business developers at Luleå University of Technology celebrates the researchers and the concept.

– The technology in Memorizon is a shining example of how modern technology creates user-friendly tools for people with disabilities. Through our contact with the scientists, we have seen that the product has commercial potential and that they are a driven bunch, who will succeed in entrepreneurship, says business developer Kent Mrozek at LTU Business AB.

The award was accepted last night at Acusticum in Piteå in front of 80 people. Four winners were selected in different categories, each winner was awarded SEK 20 000. Of the four winners were also appointed an overall winner receiving an additional 80 000 SEK.

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The winners in the categories Man & Society, Web, Software & Media, Environment & Energy and Life Science & Technology. Photo: Mikael Sundkvist

Contact

Stefan Sävenstedt

Stefan Sävenstedt, Professor emeritus

Organisation: Nursing Care, Department of Health Sciences
Josef Hallberg

Josef Hallberg, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493177
Organisation: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Niklas Karvonen

Niklas Karvonen, Postdoctoral position

Organisation: Electronic systems, Embedded Internet Systems Lab, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering