A small, wearable camera that captures images automatically could change the way memory loss patients, in particular those with Alzheimer's, are treated, experts say.
The SenseCam takes low-resolution photographs (about one third of a mega pixel), with a fisheye lens, at a rate of two per minute.
These low quality shots may not be going in the family photo album, but they are enough to prompt our brains to access previously locked information, examiners say.
"The SenseCam is all about recalling a piece of information someone already has, rather than creating a memory," said Dr. Emma Berry, a clinical neuropsychologist , who has been working with memory loss patients using the camera.
She has also been working with Microsoft Research, who produced the camera, to conduct clinical trials.