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Direction-Sense

Direction-Sense is a building block game that combines graphics, numbers and colours. It enhances recognition ability of children and stimulates the hippocampus inside the brain of Alzheimer’s patients through an interaction between children and elderlies.

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Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan

Faculty Advisors: Prof. Huang Yu-Che, Prof. Huang Tai-Shen

Design: Li Pei-Ying

2014 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser discovered the construction of brain cells positioning system that bettered medical science’s understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. This study has helped people understand how the brain creates spatial maps of the surrounding environment, produces nerve cells coordinate systems, and positions and finds the path.

Based on this research, an interactive tabletop game for children and the elderlies is created. Setting up obstacles encourages spatial possibilities, and along with digital colours and graphics that are used to find corresponding blocks, the stacks create routes, thus training children’s cognitive abilities and rehabilitate the Alzheimer patient’s brain hippocampus. This game does not only train the brain and delay the aging process, it also enhances the interaction between different generations.

How it works:

Step 1: Select the start and end of the route.

Step 2: Place obstacles to increase the difficulty of the game.

Step 3: Throw the three dices to determine the puzzle route.

Step 4: The first dice determines the shape of the puzzle. The subsequent dices determine the colour and number.

Step 5: A space is constructed. Enjoy the game.

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