12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
If you know any 12-year-olds, you probably think they know more about using apps than writing them.
If you ever met Emma Yang, you'd be wrong.
This 12-year-old programmed an iOS app called Timeless. It helps Alzheimer's patients navigate their world and remember the people and things that matter most.
Emma Yang meets NYC Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoc
HOW IT WORKS
Yang noted that while several apps touch on aspects of Alzheimer’s, none of them address the simple idea of improving an Alzheimer’s patient’s life directly.
Yang’s grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s. Yang and her parents live in New York City, but her grandmother lives in Hong Kong. Distance adds another dimension to the trials of Alzheimer’s, since phone calls and FaceTime are common events.
Timeless helps Alzheimer’s patients identify family and friends using facial recognition software. This works on both existing photos and new ones you can take to identify anyone you don’t recognize. It also helps you remember who you are, as well as important details like your address, phone number, and date of birth.
Alzheimer’s patients also frequently forget when they’ve called someone. To prevent calls you didn’t mean to make, Timeless asks if you really want to call anyone you’ve previously called in the last 5 minutes.
Watch Yang’s Timeless demo here:
If this is what Yang is doing when she’s 12, we can’t wait to live in the world she creates in the future.