Kozie is a family of multisensory objects that have been designed specifically to aid elderly suffering from dementia. At the moment, the family consists of two products: a cushion that can be used individually and a wall object that can be used in group therapy sessions. The range is derived from our original smart textile installation Tactile Orchestra.
The cushion is soft to touch and has a built-in speaker. By stroking the cushion, the speaker is activated and music is played. The music is fully programmable to the wishes and memories of the user, such as their favorite music, a spoken book or a voice recording of a loved one. With the sounds, the patient is able to summon a personified safe world, by their own touch. This results in a calm, recognizable atmosphere that helps to build trust. Based on this trust, the patient will be able to re-connect with their environment.
The wall object consists of a soft surface divided into different sections. Each section produces a different sound, such as a city noise or the wind blowing through the leaves in the forest. The wall object can be used by multiple patients at the same time.