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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

Jun 24, 2016

189-06-24-16 Sea Hero Quest

Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!

Did you know there is a new case of dementia every three seconds? Developers behind the app Sea Hero Quest acknowledge this and have developed the game to help scientists fight dementia. You may be wondering, "How does a game help fight dementia?" Well, according to the app's description, "Playing Sea Hero Quest for just 2 minutes will generate the equivalent of 5 hours of lab-based research data."

When playing, you'll have fun navigating Arctic Rivers, Golden Shores, High Roller Storms, Mystic Marshes and more. You'll also collect memories in your journal and chase magical creatures. As you play the game, your navigational data is tracked anonymously, securely stored and combined with every other player from around the world, to create the world's largest crowdsourced data set benchmarking human spatial navigation. The ultimate goal is to lead to the development of new diagnosis tools and treatments for dementia.

The app does not access, store, or submit any HealthKit related data. It uses ResearchKit to ask optional scientific questions for further helping the research. To learn more, visit or check it out on iTunes or Google Play!

For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.