In a rapidly ageing society many of us are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of our elders. Two young men decided to address this concern head on by developing an easy to use and inexpensive device to assist older people in managing their wellbeing. ‘Project Phillie’ is name of the device which was developed by Caolan Maguire and Shane Kilbride, Transition Year students in Beech Hill College. This simple device uses mobile phone technology to measure and regulate the heating and lighting in a home. Additionally it can also use Google maps to track where a person is going and report back to a carer. This has huge potential to assist in ensuring the safety of those suffering from early stage dementia and giving peace of mind to their carers. Caolan was inspired to develop this device after his Grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer and he became all too familiar with the challenges that this disease presents to sufferers and their families.
Following on from their success at the BT Young Scientist Competition Caolan Maguire attended the Drumkill Alzheimer’s Day Centre Café to present the project and speak about future plans to develop a wearable version of this technology. He gave an inspired and passionate presentation and answered questions afterwards. We very much look forward to following the development of this wonderful device and seeing the benefits that it brings to those suffering from dementia and their families.