Breather Band Mobile App and Product Suite: The breather band product suite of connected devices and accompanying mobile app help asthmatic children, their parents, and wider care network better manage the symptoms of their condition.

Breather Band Mobile App: The Breather Band App is designed to give parents piece of mind by tracking their child's asthma medicine schedules, missed dosages, and inhaler locations, an encouraging the tracking of symptoms to better manage care in the long term.

  USER RESEARCH:  I started by interviewing people with asthma, and was compelled by the complexities around managing childhood asthma.

USER RESEARCH: I started by interviewing people with asthma, and was compelled by the complexities around managing childhood asthma.

USER JOURNEY MAP: Mapping the user journey helped me to understand pain points, and begin brainstorming concepts.

BREATHER BAND & MOBILE APP

PROJECT TYPE: Systems, IOT, Mobile App

PROJECT LENGTH: 3 weeks

COLLABORATORS: Individual

The breather band and accompanying mobile app sync with bluetooth enabled inhalers to help asthmatic children, their parents, and wider care network better manage the symptoms of their condition.

The triggers and cause of asthma are often unknown making it tough for anyone to manage, especially children. As a child my cousin struggled to control the symptoms of his asthma, which were unpredictable and changed as he grew older. What if technology could help children like my cousin, their parents, and their doctors better track and treat this chronic condition.

 

WHAT I DID

I started by interviewing people in my network suffering from childhood asthma. Using this data I began mapping the current user journey, care network and systems that impact the management of childhood asthma.

After creating user conceptual models I designed a connected wristband and accompanying mobile app that help to remind children to carry and use their inhaler(s), and allows parents to keep track of inhaler use, symptoms and flareups in between doctors visits.

 

WHAT I LEARNED

This project was all about uncovering and addressing the systems that impact asthma care management, whether that be a internal biological systems or external care networks. I learned a lot about the difficulties and benefits of mapping systems, and was able to practice using conceptual models to guide the design process.

I would have loved to spend more time on this project both in the conceptual phase (revisiting systems mapping), and in the prototyping phase (user testing and iteration).

SKETCHING: I used sketching to test out different layouts for a mobile application, which helped me to narrow down the functional elements essential a minimum viable product

  PRODUCT SERVICE ECOLOGY:  This helped me map the different actors, devices, and applications utilized by this product service suite to start to understand the product's impact on it's ecosystem.

PRODUCT SERVICE ECOLOGY: This helped me map the different actors, devices, and applications utilized by this product service suite to start to understand the product's impact on it's ecosystem.

FEEDBACK LOOP & CARE NETWORK: The feedback loop diagram explains how asthma is treated within the body, while the care network maps the systems and touchpoint the child interacts with in managing care.

 

Systems Diagram: Mapping the product suite, which includes the connected band, bluetooth enabled inhalers (rescue and preventative) and a mobile app for parents, helped to explain the product ecosystem, and functionality when pitching my idea.