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Finding a Cure for Dementia with Google Street View

With the help of Google, Anne-Christine Hertz invented a prototype device called BikeAround; a device that pairs stationery bike with Google Street View to combat dementia.

Based on the data gathered by Alzheimer’s Society, “there are 850,000 people with dementia and the number will rise to over 1 million by 2025” (Alzheimer’s Society). The number is very distressing since there are still many unanswered¬†questions “about the condition and if dementia can be cured” (NHS, 2015).

BikeAround allows patients to input street address of a place that means something to them (e.g. their childhood’s neighbourhood). Next, the patient will be able to roam around the location using Google Street View with BikeAround.

The foundation of Hertz’s invention lies in how physical stimulation from pedalling and steering can stimulate the brain to produced dopamine. Therefore, the prototype is currently under further development to ensure that more people around the globe can enjoy the benefits from BikeAround.

Watch the clip to see how BikeAround works in real life.

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