Jose de la O has brought Transcendental Tunes that is a project that amalgamates RFID with stereo equipment and digital tunes that act as a memory trigger for those suffering from Alzheimer. This device hopes improve the patient’s communication with those taking care of them. According to research, it has been found out that the Medial Prefrontal Cortex is the last part of the brain to be affected by this disease. This part of the brain is responsible for familiar music, emotions and memories.
So the Transcendental Tunes uses music to bring back old memories and make new connections simultaneously. The designer goes on to explain his project by saying: “After the care partner chooses a song that connects him with the patient living with Alzheimer’s, he stores the meaningful song on a digital jewelry piece. A metallic icon who works as an RFID antenna, housed by an translucent gem, triggers the song when placed on top of an vintage-looking audio devise. This digital jewel becomes not only the carrier of an auditory stimulus, but the physicality of the jewel also carries a meaningful connection for the care partner.”
“The old-looking wooden audio artifact, with no knobs, buttons or displays, has been designed with the Alzheimer patient in mind. A patient living with Alzheimer’s cannot recognize new objects as musical-providing devises, that is why the designer has to look to the past to design for them. The readability of the object has to be subtle and quiet.”