The One to Watch Award

31 May 2016

Winner

SlowMo: SlowMo is the first digital therapy platform that helps people to visualise their thoughts and thinking habits, and provides a revolutionary shift in the accessibility of therapy and self-management tools. SlowMo works by targeting the problematic fast thinking habits that attribute to paranoia by encouraging people to slow down for a moment, providing tips to support coping. Thoughts are represented as bubbles, with different speeds, sizes and colours, which can be slowed down and popped.

SlowMo has been developed in collaboration with the Psychosis Research Partnership and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, and was originally funded by the Maudsley Charity and Wellcome Trust.

Mental health is cited as a major challenge affecting workplace health and wellbeing. As a direct result of winning the One to Watch category at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards in 2016, the team behind SlowMo is involved in discussions with AXA PPP healthcare about a possible collaboration to trial a new self-help version of SlowMo. (Helen Hamlin Centre)

"The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards have provided us with a springboard to show how inclusive design and technology can improve therapy outcomes for people with mental health difficulties." - Amy Hardy, Research Clinical Psychologist, SlowMo / Anna Wojdecka, Innovation Design Engineer, SlowMo 

Finalists

Give Vision by Vision Technologies: Software that powers any smart glasses and acts as a guide for visually impaired people. For the 90% of people with sight loss who still have some remaining sight, the tech solution uses image processing to enhance objects, signs and faces and can also magnify images. For those with complete sight loss, computer vision software translates visual information into audio in real time. (www.givevision.net)

Extreme Health by Extreme Reality: Software providing 3D skeletal motion tracking to analyse patients’ movements as they perform rehabilitation exercises in front of a webcam in real time. The technology improves physiotherapy and rehabilitation for patients and care-givers by enabling patients to conduct their exercise sessions at home on their chosen devices while receiving feedback on the quality of their performance. This data can be used by clinicians to monitor their patient’s progress to provide better care. (www.xtr3d.com)