£1.9 million awarded for innovation

Projects for developing technology-based tools in collaboration with people with dementia have been awarded £1.9 million by the Longitude Prize on Dementia.  Grants of £80,000 each have been awarded to 24 projects, funding innovations such as an augmented reality map to prevent people getting lost or confused, high tech specs for facial recognition, and a virtual speech assistant to fill in missing words.  The prize is funded by Alzheimer’s Society and Innovate UK to help people with dementia lead independent, more fulfilled lives.  It is an international competition and teams have entered from across the world including the UK.