Cloudina

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Cloudina is a series of apps that support people with reduced independence in their daily activities. Working together with a caregiver or professional coach Cloudina can be setup according to the needs of the individual user.

The Cloudina App Pack includes five apps that will assist users to achieve autonomous independence or pick and choose the single app or combination that is best for you.

 

BlueAssist:

BlueAssist is a social innovative idea and a logo developed in coaching centre Ithaka in Ostend Belgium. By showing this logo to passers-by, the fellow citizens recognize that the user of the logo needs help. It gives confidence to the user to ask for help and to the fellow citizen to offer help. This logo has been widely used, helping many users to go shopping, take buses/trains and do other daily activities more independently. Further information about BlueAssist can be found at www.blueassist.eu/en

BlueAssist Message
The coach together with the user adds messages and pictures/symbols in the app with regards to the possible problems that the user may encounter when he/she goes out on his own. For instance:  If the user is going to take the metro, a BlueAssist message can be added: Hello, I need to get off the metro at Waterloo station. Could you please give me a sign when we get there, please? Thank you”.

 

Phone Book: The Phone Book app has two functions:

1) Making it easy to make phone calls. For each contact person a photo can be added. If there are less than 9 contact people, each one can be shown in a tile form. The user taps on a picture and the number of that person is dialed. If there are more than 9 contact persons, each of them is shown in a separate display. The user can then scroll through the telephone book.

Phone Book app contact screen

2)  This app can also be used to locate the user to the contact. On the page of each contact person an optional globe can be added. By tapping on this button, the GPS coordinates of the user (and the current address if it can determined) are sent to the contact person. Alternatively, those contact persons who have permission from the user can send the text message “get location” to the users’ smartphone. The smartphone sends its GPS coordinates automatically back to the sender. This is useful if the user is not able to push on the globe.

Phone Book Get Location

Some of the available options:

  • Choosing if the phone number is displayed or not
  • Browsing through the telephone book using buttons instead of swiping
  • Showing the contacts in a tile form or one contact per page
  • Changing the font size
  • Protecting the settings with a pin code

Calendar: Calendar How does it work?

During development the Calendar app has been continuously tested by many users with  challenges associated with cognition. The result is an easy to use calendar with different options that make it accessible for a large number of users.
The appointments (each shown as a picture) and the description of the activity appear as a list on the display which the user can scroll through easily. By tapping on an appointment the details of that appointment are shown on a new display where the date, the start time and the end time of the appointment are shown. There is also an indication of the time left until the start of the appointment for individuals who cannot read the hour. By touching the display the user goes back to the list of the appointments.

calendar

When the start time of an appointment is reached, the smartphone starts to ring and the appointment appears on the display. By pressing the Confirm button on the screen, the user can stop the ringing. At the same time the system registers that the user has confirmed the appointment and the coach will NOT be notified. If the user does not confirm the appointment, the coach gets a warning. This feature is very important, for example when the user must take some medicines and the coach/carer wants to be sure that he/she has remembered it.

calendar confirm

Some of the available options:

  • Showing the appointments of today and tomorrow or the next seven days.
  • Showing icons for days
  • Showing day names
  • Choosing alarm sound
  • Changing the size of each item
  • Changing the font size
  • Protecting the settings by a pin code

 

Photo Album & Camera apps:  Many people with cognitive challenges cannot talk about the things they have done during the day or they may struggle to communicate about themselves when they are talking to “strangers”. The Photo app therefore has two functions:

1) A very easy to use camera function. After activating the camera function, the user can take pictures by tapping on the display. These photos are then automatically saved in an album. By accessing this album the user can then talk about his/her activities on that day.

The pictures are also automatically sent to the management website. These photos can additionally be used in the telephone book or for appointments.

In addition, the user can use this as a tool to create story boards or lists for cuing or communication.

Photo album app Lists or Story Boards

2) The coach/carer can add pictures to several albums on the smartphone such as family, friends, pets, etc. The user can open those albums and talk about the subject more easily by looking at the pictures.

Another useful application of the photo album is when a user must do a task, but may need some support. A picture of each step of the task can be saved in an album that the user can consult if he/she does not know or is not sure what to do.

Photo Album Step Plan

Some of the available functions

  • Browsing through the pictures using buttons instead of swiping
  • Changing the font size
  • Protecting the settings with a pin code

 

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