Test­ing over 4 mil­lion par­tic­i­pants via a mobile app: Sea Hero Quest

Hugo Spiers, UCL


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Sea Hero Quest is an app designed to be a poten­tial diag­nos­tic for the ear­ly detec­tion of Alzheimer’s demen­tia. The app tests the users abil­i­ty to nav­i­gate a vir­tu­al boat through dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments in search of sea crea­tures. It records nav­i­ga­tion per­for­mance and sends this data to sci­en­tists for analy­sis. The tasks were devel­oped by sci­en­tists, the work fund­ed by T‑mobile and built by the game devel­op­ers Glitch­ers Ltd. Ini­tial analy­sis of the results has revealed the chang­ing pat­tern of nav­i­ga­tion skill over the life-time between gen­ders and between coun­tries of the world. Future research with the data will seek to apply machine learn­ing to iden­ti­fy pat­terns of nav­i­ga­tion per­for­mance and relate these to demographi

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