Therapy Ball

Helping dementia sufferers to reconnect and engage or relax.

September 2021

A trio of students from Duisburg has come up with an innovative therapeutic tool for dementia sufferers.

The ichó ball is a tactile electronic sphere that uses color and sound to help people with cognitive disorders reengage and communicate with the world around them.

The ichó ball comes with its own software and apps, developed according to the principles of established therapy methods. Different apps can be loaded according to the needs of the users and their environment.

The ball can be activated for entertainment or for calming and relaxation. The project has won numerous awards and represented Germany at the European Union’s “Ideas from Europe” competition, qualifying for the finals.

© Monika Hoeffler/ichosystems