During art therapy sessions, the therapist increases the level of art with which the client can engage if the client becomes distracted, thus bringing their focus back to the therapy. Dundee University developed a system that could monitor whether the client was becoming distracted or not. Simultaneously, we created a multi-touch table based on Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR) technology. The table’s software is an art application that replicates the real world properties of finger painting. Combining the distraction monitoring system with the table enables the unsupervised delivery of art therapy to people with dementia.
The multi-touch technology was later developed into the Art Therapy Easels.