Emma Williamson (she/her)
I’m a Product Design Engineer from Glasgow. I enjoy taking on challenging problems to help improve lives. PDE has allowed me to refine and apply my design skills to a range of diverse briefs throughout the years.
When selecting my final year project, I was influenced by personal experience, focussing on improving the lives of people living with dementia.
GuidePod is a smart device to promote routine for people living with dementia through sensory prompts.
GuidePod empowers people with dementia to take control post-diagnosis and plan for their future, and enables daily functions to be maintained for longer. It can be used as a standalone product, or integrated with existing sensor suites.
Olfactory and auditory prompts were selected as understanding of these stimuli are preserved for longer than other senses for people living with dementia, ensuring the product remains useful to the user throughout their journey with dementia.
Replaceable Scent Pods allow for safe and easy refilling, allowing the person with dementia to carry out this task in the earlier stages. When the device detects a Scent Pod is low in liquid, a notification will be sent to the user and/or a carer.