IRIS is a small and smart device which detects and monitors emotional changes in human behaviour, using facial recognition.
Emotional changes are often associated with underlying mental or neurological conditions, such as in mental illnesses or Dementia.
IRIS monitors only registered people, ignoring everyone else: it detects valence, excitement, expressions and physical movement. All that information is recorded and summarised, and then presented to family members.
Doing so, allows family members to:
- know how their loved one is doing
- understand if their condition is stable, getting better or getting worse
- intervene when needed
- modify the lifestyle of their loved one for the better
- get impartial and objective data rather than relying on others
- provide proof to doctors that the condition is indeed changing (or stable)
- allow their loved one to stay at home independent for as long as possible
IRIS is a proof-of-concept and is being trialed and tested. It replaces the old "Dementia Observation System" where patients have to be hospitalised and monitored by nurses or care-workers. It removes the person from the hospital or clinic, which costs a lot, stresses them out and offers the same type of data to families and doctors.