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New camera could 'help people with memory problems'

New camera could 'help people with memory problems'
12th December 2007

A wearable digital camera has the potential to help people who have memory problems, according to experts.

Microsoft's SenseCam automatically takes photos every 30 seconds which can then be played back at high speed to jog the wearer's memory.

The camera, which can store up to 30,000 images, has been tested on a 63-year-old women suffering from memory loss.

After two weeks of using the camera she could recall 90 per cent of the events she had experienced.

In the UK, the product is currently being tested on people with age-related memory problems and Alzheimer's disease.

According to researchers at the Addenbroke's Hospital in Cambridge, initial tests showed "spectacular results", reports the Yorkshire Post.

Alzheimer's Society chief executive Neil Hunt told the BBC: "Many people with memory problems find aids such as diaries can offer psychological benefits.

"This new camera could potentially act in the same way although practically it needs to be very simple to operate and time would need to be set aside to select and store the images."

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