Professor Henrik Hautop Lund from the Technical University of Denmark won Product Innovation of the year for the Moto Tiles for eldercare.
The Moto Tiles won in the main category - Product Innovation of the Year - for what is known as “the Oscars of the eldercare industry”. Also known as the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, the awards recognize the best in eldercare product and service delivery. The award was given during the gala for the Oscars of the eldercare industry at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 16th May 2018.
"It is truly fantastic and a great honor for us, since the main award is given based on the judging of both the expert jury and all the delegates from the whole eldercare industry. The whole industry evaluates that this is the best and most influential product innovation. It recognizes our research and development of the Moto Tiles, and that it has a profound, positive influence on people's lives, allowing elderly to regain both cognitive and physical skills. Our persistency in continuous research and development in this area has produced this inspiring result, and we will be committed to continue on this road," says Professor Henrik Hautop Lund.
The Moto Tiles are designed as an alternative form of physical rehabilitation exercise to allow elderly citizens to break away from monotonous training programs, and participate in an exercise that is fun and exciting, and therefore more motivating.
The tiles act like interactive LEGO bricks for physical interaction and can be clicked together to form a path or surface on the floor. Each tile lights up in blue, red, green, yellow or purple, encouraging interaction and physical play.
The tiles have been designed to activate the elderly by means of a variety of games, which can be selected and controlled on a tablet.
Qualitative studies show that therapists and elderly find the training with the Moto Tiles fun and highly motivating. Further, scientific clinical effect studies at the Technical University of Denmark show that training with the Moto Tiles has a large effect on the functional abilities of patients, and cognitive tests by Hitachi spin-out NeU show the effects on the brain. It is shown that playful training gives significant effects with substantially less training sessions than what is needed with more traditional training methods. The Moto Tiles are used in rehabilitation centers, senior activity center, care homes, etc.
“I was especially impressed that the jury and delegates saw the Moto Tiles as the new intelligent LEGO bricks for playful physical interaction for seniors to be easily adapted to any context within eldercare to improve quality of life for all seniors,” concludes Professor Henrik Hautop Lund.