From: 3SG BBDO, Tunisia
Last year, Samsung Tunisia collaborated with the Tunisian Alzheimer Association to develop a phone application that would work as an interactive memory bank for an Alzheimer’s patient. Enabling the to consult it discreetly, the app acts like a stimulator, flashing pictures of the patient’s past life experiences with the person concerned. Prior to this, the patient’s family/friends must upload various pictures and information to set-up the application. The application was launched on Google Store recently, along with a new film for it.
Why we Like?
It’s tough to look beyond the LCDs, RAMs and GHzs,but if you sometimes do, you’d know that technology is eventually about touching upon emotions, finding a chord to connect with a dear one and improving relationships in ways never imagined before. Most electronic brands tap on this, superficially showing the joys money can buy; Philips with its ‘sense and simplicity’ approach did it better.
Last December, Samsung’s Amsterdam agency made an outstanding film for its curved UHD TV, showing a family’s drawing room experiences but not the TV itself. Now, we have a film that marks the launch of a unique app that bridges Alzheimer’s patients with their loved ones.
The cognitive disorder that’s a result of slow brain cell death has been around for a while now and no effective cure has been found despite painstaking research. Family members of a person with dementia will know, it’s a piercing knife through their heart when he/she fails to recognise you. With this project, Samsung has probably made itself heard to millions of such family members.
Aiming to push its ‘making life easier’ motto, the tech giant here gives a chance to Alzheimer’s patients to be more independent. I hope the app is more than just a PR activity, for it nudging its users visually to recognise their most intimate blood relations is something extraordinary. Not that it is difficult to appear more humane and sensitive while pitted against a capitalist rival such as Apple, but this project, besides helping the handful of users’ families, hopes to put another brick in the brand’s ‘efficient’ perception. And of course, there is the other thing about the programme being called the ‘back up memory’ project, with a subtle nod to its phones’ features.
The two-minute film, featuring music by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, is slow, simple and explanatory – after all the projectisn’t too easy to explain. Importantly, the film succeeds in inducing a small ‘wow’ from those who don't know anything about the disease nor have it in close range.
Here’s hoping more such collaborations back home, for there’s no better image exercise for a tech giant than it quietly funding and creating something that changes a few lives.
(To watch the film and explore the app, visit its download page –type ‘bit.ly/viewtubeApril13’in your browser)
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