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12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients

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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.

12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients

Emma Yang meets NYC Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoc

HOW IT WORKS

Yang noted that while several apps touch on aspects of Alzheimerโ€™s, none of them address the simple idea of improving an Alzheimerโ€™s patientโ€™s life directly.

Yangโ€™s grandmother suffers from Alzheimerโ€™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 Alzheimerโ€™s, since phone calls and FaceTime are common events.

Timeless helps Alzheimerโ€™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 donโ€™t recognize. It also helps you remember who you are, as well as important details like your address, phone number, and date of birth.

Alzheimerโ€™s patients also frequently forget when theyโ€™ve called someone. To prevent calls you didnโ€™t mean to make, Timeless asks if you really want to call anyone youโ€™ve previously called in the last 5 minutes.

12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients
12 year old coder's 'Timeless' app a game-changer for Alzheimer's patients

Watch Yangโ€™s Timeless demo here:

If this is what Yang is doing when sheโ€™s 12, we canโ€™t wait to live in the world she creates in the future.

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