Sentic: a music player reimagined for people living with dementia


Client & Partners /

Pleyade (care organisation)  Innovation Team & GGZ Eindhoven

Role /

Research, Design and Development

Agency or Institution /

Eindhoven University of Technology

Year /


Publications, Press & Presentations/

Dutch and Dubai Design Week 2018

Nominated for the Social Design Talent Award 2018

Guest speaker Alzheimer Nederland

Day for the Volunteers 2018

Publication in Eindhovens Dagblad

16 Mei 2018, Dementiacafé Veldhoven

We investigated how a user interface could support people with dementia (PwD) in having personal and direct access to a music-playing device. Despite a growing interest in designing technology for people with dementia, personal and direct access to systems are not always considered. People with dementia are affected by cognitive and behavioral changes, making it increasingly difficult to control everyday products. We introduce Sentic, an interface concept of a music player of which the user interface can be tailored to fit the ability of people with dementia. 

Music as an incentive has the ability to affect people by recalling positive memories and personal narratives. Reminiscence integrating individual experiences through a music-based intervention can positively influence cognitive subjective well-being and functioning, whereby a haptic interaction in combination with other senses can intensify these positive outcomes by encouraging active participation for people with dementia. The main objective is to stimulate self-esteem and positive memories for individuals with dementia, as part of the efforts to stimulate longer independence living for a better quality of life. 

Users upload music to the player via a dedicated app. Once loaded with music, Sentic is operated using a tangible interface that encourages touch and play. The player is designed to be fully customizable, encouraging users to personalize its appearance and their experience. This process of personalization has been shown to increase feelings of control and self-reliance among those suffering dementia, while the music improves mood and triggers memories