Samsung Wemogee, the first free instant messaging app designed to allow patients affected by aphasia, and in general to all people with verbal communication disorders, to express ideas, activities and emotions with their family and friends is available For Google Play Store app stores for all Android devices (smartphones and tablets, as of April 28), and App Store for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad).
Samsung Wemogee, developed by Samsung Electronics Italia and Leo Burnett Italia with the collaboration of Elio Clemente Agostoni, Director of the Neuroscience Department at the Niguarda Hospital in Milan, completes an expressive gap that afflicts the over 3 million people in the world (200,000 Only in Italy) suffering from aphasia, a very complex pathology, which results in the loss of the ability to compose or understand the language. This is an acquired disorder, due to lesions in the Broca area and in the Wernicke area, the parts of the brain devoted to design, speech and language expression. The most common causes are traumatic, haemorrhagic or ischemic (just think that 30% of people affected by stroke develop a form of aphasia). This disorder has serious consequences on the life of the patient and the people closest to him. Since language is the most important tool for communicating, aphasia can lead to loss of social network and heavy emotional frustrations.
Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, Samsung Wemogee works like a kind of text-emoji translator and vice-versa. The vocabulary of the app, developed in collaboration with Francesca Polini, PhD Speech Therapist and Lecturer at the University of Milan, includes a library of more than 140 phrases related to primary needs as well as the affective sphere with predictably more useful phrases The communications of aphasic patients; These phrases have been translated into logical sequences of emoji and subdivided into 6 macro categories of reference (daily life, eating and drinking, feelings, help, recreational activities, anniversaries and celebrations); Aphasic people will choose what they want to communicate between a visual options panel by sending the selected emoji sequence to the non-aphasic recipient. The non-aphasic person receives the message in a textual form and can answer in written form; Likewise, the aphasic patient will receive communication in the form of emoji.
Samsung Wemogee is not just a remote messaging chat: this app can, in fact, be a training tool in situations of compassion, in support of traditional rehabilitation methods, thanks to the display function that allows you to view the phrase on a single device Selected, both in emoji form and in textual form.