Memory aids are all the tools and strategies that we use to remember things. This can include writing post it notes, using visualization tricks, or even automating our smart home to remember for us. Below are some other, stand-alone devices to consider.
What kinds of memory aids are there?
Electronic tags are available to help you find lost objects. You can put one of these tags on your keys, your wallet, or your television remote!
Some of these tags, like Tile and Chipolo, use Bluetooth technology. They connect to an app on your phone and show you where you left your belongings. If you are carrying your phone, the app can also alert you that you have left something else behind before you get too far.
Other devices, like Esky, use radio technology. They do not have a map or a location alert. They just beep to help you locate the item. This might be a good choice if you only lose things within your house, or if you don’t own a smartphone.
Pictures and audio clips can help us remember events better than a written diary. Microsoft’s research on the SenseCam is a good place to learn more about this strategy, sometimes called lifelogging, as it relates to memory. While the SenseCam is no longer available, you can find other wearable cameras like the Narrative Clip.
For more helpful tools, check out the calendar and reminder systems page.