IMPROVING DAILY ASTHMA MANAGEMENT

Time
10 days, 2018

Team
Selvi Olgac
Birnur Sahin

Recognition
2020 IxD Award — Best Student Project
2020 IxD Award — Finalist, Disrupting
2019 De Ingenieur April Issue
2018 iF Design Talent Award — Best of the Year
2018 BraunPrize — Student, Silver

How might we improve asthmatics daily life by facilitating the medication process?

300 MILLION PEOPLE HAS ASTHMA WORLDWIDE

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease in the lungs airways and is triggered by multiple factors such as allergies, air pollution, sickness, exercise or weather. The unpredictable nature of these triggers makes it hard to know when and where an attack may occur.

 

70—90% USE THEIR INHALER WRONG

It is crucial to shake the asthma inhaler to mix the medicine prior, timing the spray-release with inhalation and making sure the medicine stays in the lungs by holding the breath — but these steps are often missed by the user. Over- and under-medication is common because of a fixed medicine dosage and zero feedback if medicine was inhaled correctly.

Sources
http://www.who.int/respiratory/asthma/
http://news.rice.edu/2017/02/28/inhaler-study-how-much-medicine-makes-it-to-lungs/

INTRODUCING

How much medicine do I need today?
Did I inhale correctly?
Is my condition improving?

Otto guides the user through the asthma management process by using light and sound. It combines monitoring, logging and medication into one seamless experience.

Redesigned user flow

SHAKE TO WAKE


Shake Otto to wake it up, simultaneously mixing the medication.

EXHALE


Exhale through the mouthpiece to take a peak flow measurement. Dose is adjusted based on the result.

INHALE


Inhale the dose. Lights count down for you and a sound lets you know when you’re done.

LOG & CHARGE


Measurement data is logged in the backend and sent to your digital journal when Otto is charged.

Interaction flow video (00:32)

Color, material & finish

Otto’s CMF is semi-medical to stay and feel hygienic. The mouthpiece is translucent to convey a feeling of purity, while the mouthpiece ring comes in multiple colors to visually separate reliever and preventer medication (and allow for a personal touch). The color palette is toned-down compared to current inhalers to make Otto blend in better with other everyday objects, rather than stand out.

Function & sustainability

By utilizing a new type of medicine delivery that is activated by inhalation (rather than pressing a button), we removed the step of having to time the spray-release with inhalation, a step still necessary in current asthma medicine management products. Using two membranes directed in opposite directions we could use the mouthpiece for both measuring exhalation values and inhaling the asthma medicine.

Otto is re-useable as the mouthpiece can be separated and cleaned/exchanged. The medicine canister can also be changed by opening the bottom cap.

NO BUTTONS. NO SCREEN. NO APP. JUST BREATHE.
THE PROCESS BEHIND

USER INTERVIEWS

Through user interviews we learned about the usage and functions of different inhalers, what the interviewees thinks are the biggest challenges in their daily routine and how asthma affects their emotional and physical well-being.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

To understand the challenges and wishes from an expert’s point of view, we visited the local health care center. Together with the expert we tried and discussed existing products and learned more about what makes a product work or not.

USER TESTING

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It is difficult to know how long you must inhale and how long you need to hold your breath. You don’t know if you’re doing it right.

— Interviewed asthmatic

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