Mrs. B, a 63-year-old patient in the Memory Clinic and Memory Aids Clinic at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, had developed amnesia after sustaining a brain infection. So extensive was the loss of memory that within five days, she became completely unable to recall anything about a significant event unless she received memory assistance.
Researchers from Microsoft Research Cambridge had been aware of the work being done at Addenbrooke’s, renowned for its efforts to help patients experiencing a loss of memory. Microsoft Research Cambridge had developed a device called SenseCam, a wearable digital camera that takes photographs passively and automatically while being worn. Neuropsychologists at Addenbrooke’s were intrigued.
Mrs. B was given a SenseCam and was asked to wear it whenever she anticipated the sort of event she would like to remember. Having done so, she would spend an hour every two days reviewing the images the camera had taken.
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