Posts made in November, 2012

Mindings presented at Bath ‘NHS innovations’ event

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in News

Today Mindings Stuart Arnott was invited to present at the University of Bath Innovation Centre to a group of NHS ‘innovation champions’ – senior staff who have responsibility for bringing new innovation into the NHS.

The event was organised by Bath Ventures, which is part of the SETsquared partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. SETsquared supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation, and the University of Surrey has taken Mindings under its wing.

Stuart’s presentation was very well received and has prompted discussions about trialing Mindings in at least two South of England local authorities, and well as a potential tie-in with an existing University of Bath project.

The Mindings Team

Pictures courtesy of Angus Donald
NHS Innovations South West

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Instagram integration comes to Mindings!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Features, News

Instagram is a free photo-sharing service that’s taken the social media world by storm – in September this year they announced that there were 100 million users worldwide.

Running on an App on iPhone and Android phones, Instagram enables users to take a picture, add some digital filters to it, then share it with other Instagram users.

Quite simply, Instagram is for people who love sharing pictures – it enables you to quickly take quirky and interesting snaps and share them with your friends.  And, like other social networks, your friends can “Like” the picture and leave comments.  Even celebrities like TV-chef Jamie Oliver, street magician Dynamo and Hollywood actress Zooey Deschanel are in on the game, using Instagram to share their online lives with fans.  

Even if you don’t have Instagram yourself, you might have seen Instagram pictures – often recognisable by their square Polaroid-style shape and border – on your Facebook Wall, as users can connect their Instagram account to Facebook.

Instagram – now showing on Mindings!

We love Instagram – so we’ve enabled Mindings users to connect their Instagram account to their Mindings account, and we’ve rolled out this new feature to everyone today – for FREE!

Uniquely, we pull in the caption and sender information, and display it on the picture just like your normal pictures on Mindings, with an optional Instagram logo in the top right-hand corner.

Not only that, we’ve made Instagram work with our unique “GotIt!” feature.  If the Mindings user touches the onscreen GotIt! logo, Instagram acknowledges that they have “Liked” the picture.  If your phone is so set up, you’ll get an alert – letting you know they’ve seen your picture.  That could be very reassuring…

Why not give it a try? What better way to share your life in pictures with your technology-shy family – or even your tech-savvy family who are just too busy to keep on top of all their social media accounts?

We’ve added, Facebook, now we’ve added Instagram. And if that wasn’t enough we’re currently testing Twitter integration (if you want to be a beta tester for that drop us a line…).

Mindings is Social Media Supercharged!

If you don’t have a Mindings account, sign up today and get a months’ free trial.

Let us know how you get on with it!

The Mindings Team

ps Yes, that is Mindings running on an Amazon Kindle HD Fire!  Get our Android App to run on your Kindle here!

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Could Mindings help an untapped group of willing volunteers be “Dementia Friends”?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Articles, News

I watched Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, on television this morning lending his support to the excellent “Dementia Friends” initiative.

On our “Disruptive Social Care Podcast” dementia is a subject that my co-presenter Shirley Ayres and I often discuss.

I have a personal interest in dementia – my own grandmother lived with dementia, and my wife’s grandmother also had Alzheimer’s. As well as my own parents, those two amazing people were the among the main inspirations behind the creation of Mindings.

If you’re new to Mindings, our service enables you to share captioned pictures, text messages, calendar reminder and social media content, from your mobile phone, on a digital screen that the user doesn’t need to touch.  And with our powerful GotIt! feedback system that lets the sender know their picture or message has been seen, they know their loved one is alive, well and interacting with the world.  Add in our new multi-user shared calendar and the whole family can actively participate in caring – reminding the user about everything from important events and appointments, through to what day to put the rubbish out and what time a television show is on.

Since we started to release Mindings to users the response has been amazing – particularly among people who use it with older family members with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  A typical comment, unsolicited, from a user is:

“From experience so far, I have no doubt that Mindings is going to reduce Mum’s anxiety (and mine) about her living alone with Alzheimer’s”

David Cameron also personally launched Dementia Friends today, with an aim by 2015 to help one million people sign up.

This is a fabulous initiative, and one we at Mindings support wholeheartedly.  One million people is an admirable ambition – but it is a very large number. It struck me that Mindings is something that could really help in two ways.

  1. Mindings is an inclusive service – it opens up the power of social media to even the most technology shy, enabling people to be better connected to their family with a device that they don’t even need to touch. It’s telecare – with social relationships at its heart.
  2. Lots of people like the concept of volunteering but simply don’t have the time. One of the reasons the Olympic Games Makers volunteering scheme worked so well was because it was for a fixed period of time.  Mindings gives more people the ability to befriend people living with dementia by becoming “digital friends”, sharing pictures, messages and stories – with a Facebook-like online relationship that simply isn’t possible when a person with a cognitive or physical impairment can’t use a computer or mobile phone.

We believe that Mindings could help Dementia Friends reach their goal of one million people, by opening up a whole group of people who would otherwise not volunteer – people who would happily befriend a person living with dementia, but because of geographical distance or lack of time to physically visit are unable to. However, they could with Mindings – and with the rich social media experience that Mindings offers, that relationship would be meaningful and valuable.

If you would like to try out Mindings, visit our main website.  We’ll show you how you can run Mindings on a device you probably already have, and we welcome you to set up a free account and have a one month free trial on us (no need to even give us your credit card).

  • Would you like to be a “digital Dementia Friend”?
  • Do you think the power of social media could help people living with dementia?

We are passionate about dementia care, it’s one of the main reasons we created Mindings.  If you have any ideas how we can be an even better Dementia Friend, we welcome your thoughts.

Come visit us on Facebook and tell us what you think, or connect with me on Twitter.

Stuart Arnott
Mindings Founder


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Mindings Team guest on top London hospital radio station

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Media

Mindings Founders Stuart Arnott and Ian Pleasance with presenter John Doyle in the WXHR studio

Last Wednesday Mindings creators Stuart Arnott and Ian Pleasance were guests on “Whipps Cross
Focus” with presenter John Doyle, on WXHR – Whipps Cross Hospital Radio.

WXHR was founded in 1969, and the popular station has been broadcasting to patients and staff 24 hours a day since 2004.

The station presents a great mix of music, news, sports coverage (with live commentaries from West Ham and Leyton Orient) and entertainment programmes, including the popular “Down Your Ward” featuring conversation, dedications and requests from around the hospital wards.

Being “local boys” Stuart and Ian were delighted to be invited onto the station, and they discussed how Mindings was created, and discussed some of the wider subjects of social care and digital inclusion (NB Stuart discusses these issues weekly on the “Disruptive Social Care Podcast“).

Find out more about the station on their website – and listen to some great recent features on their Listen Again page.

Here is a behind-the-scenes video of John interviewing Stuart and Ian in the WXHR studio:

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