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

235 million people have asthma worldwide.

70—90% of users use their inhaler incorrectly.

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

INTRODUCING

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, in the process mixing the asthma medication.

EXHALE


Exhale through the mouthpiece to take a peak flow measurement. Dose is automatically 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 back-end and sent to your digital journal when Otto is charged.

Medical grade materials

Otto’s materials are hygienic, reliable and safe. The matte white plastic body is durable and easy to clean, while the  mouthpiece in translucent silicone conveys cleanliness. The glossy hard plastic cap protects the mouthpiece.

Color, material and finish

Color coded

The cap and mouthpiece ring communicates what type of medication the inhaler contains and highlights the cap.

Function & sustainability

Medicine delivery is activated by inhalation instead of pressing a button. The mouthpiece is used for both measuring exhalation values and inhaling asthma medicine, by using two membranes in opposing direction.

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

NO BUTTONS. NO SCREEN. NO APP. JUST BREATHE.

THE PROCESS BEHIND

User interviews

USER INTERVIEWS

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

Expert interview

EXPERT INTERVIEW

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

Journey mapping

JOURNEY MAPPING

To create a holistic picture of the user flow, a flow chart was structured with the aim to understand each step in the guiding process. The intention was to provide a seamless transfer in between each step for the user.

Immersion

IMMERSION

The ideation process focused on redefining the product-user interaction.

Ideation

IDEATION

The ideation process focused on redefining the product-user interaction.

Sketching

SKETCHING

The sketch process focused on making the product more portable.

Form development

CAD

We built a mockup tech package with PCB, membranes, etc to base our outer shell on.

Sound design

SOUND DESIGN

We produced our own sounds with a Moog synthesizer to match the intended interactions and form expression of the product. Our aim was to create sounds that felt precise and uplifting, yet subtle. All sounds were designed to create a coherent sound family that would reinforce the identity of the product.

Light design

LIGHT DESIGN

To test how the lights would work together with the sounds,  different versions of light feedback were animated. Sounds and lights were combined in a digital mockup to provide increased understanding of the development of the final product.

Model making

MODEL MAKING

The inhaler was 3D printed to verify ergonomics, aesthetics and usability. It was also used in a short movie explaining the concept.

User testing

USER TESTING

Through a Wizard of Oz test we tested and refined our lights and sounds.

Photos shoot

PHOTO SHOOT

We documented the final concept in a photo shoot.

Interaction flow prototype (00:32)

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