This Hi-Tech Helmet Enables People to Experience Dementia

By: Amelia Roblin - Aug 1, 2016
References: blogs.arts.ac.uk & dezeen
The designer of this symptom simulator recognizes that one of the best approaches to curing a medical disorder is to better understand the experience of those who are suffering from it. Now, researchers and family members alike can begin to appreciate the overpowering and debilitating state of dementia with an egg-shaped helmet that impairs and obscures all of the senses.

Di Peng's Dementia Simulator has a frosted casing with distorting eye-wear inside. An inhibiting mouthpiece makes it difficult to speak, and a noises and voices are played into the user's ears to imitate sound-based hallucinations. Essentially, the wearer perceives a severely skewed impression of his surroundings and finds it extremely difficult to communicate. With the awareness that this symptom simulator inspires, no doubt there will be further creative developments in products that make living with the disease more tolerable.