BREATHER BAND & MOBILE APP
PROJECT TYPE: Systems, IOT, Mobile App
PROJECT LENGTH: 3 weeks
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).