Dementia is one of the cruelest diseases to befall sufferers, and still to this day no concrete treatment exists to rid it outright. Only to slow its progress from greatly effecting the lives of those living with the degenerative disease.
But, in a piece of good news, a team of researchers from University College London (UCL), University of East Anglia and Alzheimer's Research UK, game devs Glitchers and communications giant Deutsche Telekom came together to create Sea Hero Quest, a mobile puzzle game that can help diagnose the early stages of dementia.
It does this by seeing how well people interact with the game's core mechanics – navigating through and interacting with 3D environments & mazes – and then all of this data is stored, crunched and turned into information that can be used to decipher how the different age groups fared with the game.
It's said that if at least one person plays the game for roughly 2 minutes, this time rounds up to almost 5 hours of research undertaken into the disease. Hence why the researchers are calling for everyone to get playing.
In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Hugo Spiers from UCL was rightfully excited about the progress:
"In my research team, I could only test about 200 people a year, and that's working hard. But last night I tested 200 people in one minute with this game."
(Source: BBC, Mashable)