Combatting Alzhiemers Disease through IOS Tablet Platform


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Combatting Alzhiemers Disease through IOS Tablet Platform
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Project in lieu of thesis
Difato, Tim
College of Fine Arts; University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla


For my Project in Lieu of Thesis, I have built an iOS quiz application that targets elderly Alzheimer’s patients to help impede their loss of memory and provide research data to aid in finding a cure. This application displays a question that asks the participant to select the picture of a certain relative or familiar object. The user interface allows for simple answer submission by literally tapping the picture the participant believes is correct. The computer then notifies the user if the answer is correct or incorrect by either moving onto the next picture or displaying a Red “X” over top of the picture they chose. While the user is taking the quiz, the application is recording data to an internal database. The database records two sets of information, an individual quiz and each individual question of that quiz. Once the quiz is completed, the administrator can recall the database and find how a participant scored on the most recent quiz or look at each individual question of that quiz. In addition, because this system is built around an internal database, the administrator can recall any quiz ever taken on that device and search individual predicates to reveal trends or patterns in the results. The database records the score of each quiz, the time stamp of when the quiz started, the amount of time it took to complete the quiz, the difficulty level of the quiz, and the picture’s attributes such as, gender, race, hair color, etc. The data is then broken down on the individual question level. If the quiz is too easy for the participant, the administrator has the ability to adjust the difficulty level of the questions. Each question is populated with the correct picture as well as three incorrect pictures. The level of difficulty dictates the common attributes found in the three incorrect pictures to the correct one. For example, if the difficulty is set to “Hard”, the three incorrect pictures would be of people who have similar physical attributes as the correct image. In contrast, if the difficulty of the quiz is set to “Easy”, the quiz would randomly populate the three incorrect pictures regardless of the correct picture’s race, age or hair color. Finally, the application’s questions are populated by an external website which allows family members or friends of the participant to wirelessly submit new questions to the user. Once submitted, a server running PHP creates an XML document, which is then sent to the iOS device running the quiz application. This allows family members to aid in their loved ones recovery/research regardless of location. In addition, the quiz returns all of the database results to the server, which can be accessed by researchers and family members to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. For my defense, I will be displaying the application in its entirety including all of the features described above.
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Digital Arts and Sciences terminal project

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University of Florida Institutional Repository
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University of Florida
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