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Monolog

App that collects audio diaries over life, and played back while the user becomes unconscious and terminally ill.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Most people do not plan for their death as the thought of death scares away people. But when incidents happen and people end up hospitalised, their health could deteriorate quickly and end up in a coma condition or heavy drug influence. People say that hearing is the last to go, and people that wake up after coma report that they could still hear and remember conversations around them.

The Monolog app allows people to record audio log files during their daily life to listen to when they are unconscious.

The app will generate a code for the user to give to another person they trust. In the event when the user is unconscious and terminally ill (e.g. coma), the trustee will input the code into the user's monolog profile and the app will lock into Random Access Memories (RAM) mode where the app will randomly playback the user's audio log.

Privacy is a key feature of the Monolog app. When in RAM mode, all search and editing function will be prohibited. This feature prevents other people to retrieve specific audio log files from the app. Devices installed with the app are monitored and only one device is allowed to playback audio logs at the same time. 

During their healthy days, users of Monolog app are prompt to record and encouraged to think about the question "What will I like to read to myself on my death bed?". This thought process stimulates all sorts of life questions on how we spend our time and energy, how we cherish life and how to live life to it's fullness.  

The social feature of the app allows user to tag an audio log to certain friend or family member. When the app goes into RAM mode, the tagged audio log files will be sent out to the target email addresses.


What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Try out if I can make frequent audio log a habit myself

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Whether this is a good idea, and whether people are willing to encourage others to make frequent audio logs.

Tell us about your work experience:

I work as a product manager in the medical device industry and has personal experience attending loved ones in unconscious conditions.

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