We live in a world full of advanced technology, why wouldn’t we use it to help other human beings? Stroke is the 2nd leading cause of death and the 3rd leading cause of disability—adjusted life years worldwide. Studies have shown that in most countries stroke patients are not treated quickly enough and their rehabilitation programme lacks repetitive daily exercises that would help them to get better and to be independent. If the time is not used smartly the damage left on the body can be irreversible and it can also deeply affect a patient’s motivation. Why wouldn’t we use merged reality with the integration of the state—of—the art technologies to show patients how to perform daily activities? We could make a polygon—like created space in which they could practise daily activities such as: dressing up, washing, cooking, living room activities and hobbies. Because the brain requires constant stimulation and experience in order to rewire itself, it’s imperative for stroke survivors to continue with exercises on a daily basis. Measuring vital signs and body movements through smart bracelets would give us data that would help us understand a patient’s struggles and how to improve the polygon and its activities. Through advanced technology, we could give feedback after every session of doing daily activities to the patient about the progress which could positively affect his interests and motivation.
Marija Staničić was born in Rijeka, Croatia. She lives and studies in Slovenia. In 2022, she graduated from the Faculty of Design, University of Primorska, Slovenia, with a degree in Interior Design. She is currently attending a Master’s degree in Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. For her graduate thesis on the topic of Multifunctional Furniture with Light Fixtures, she was awarded the Slovenian Design Award in the “Perspective — Industrial Design” category. The concept of the final paper was based on the thesis that the primary function of light does not limit discourse in the sphere of biological, psychological, sociological, and other interactions. She continues to follow this thesis when seeking to find answers to challenges in design. Marija received the Portuguese Symington Family Estates Glassberries Design Award in 2022 for the design and concept of the wine bottle with Data Matrix technology. Her aspiration is to research and design to change herself, people and society. Her motto is Utopian for the Better.