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Holistic Fall Prevention System Zara

This system will help users modify their lifestyle to adjust to risk factors to which they may be vulnerable.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Zara is designed for socially engaged, older adults who may be living alone. It designs for independence and identifies potential falling risk factors through a seamless integration with their home environment, as well as with known technologies.

This is a system that will help the user prevent falling by integrating sensors, signifiers and personalized message in their daily lives. This idea is designed for users in the transitional phases. This will integrate sensors in their home to detect their daily activities to sense if their movements are irregular. We are also interested in using current smart home technologies to develop a friendly persona that communicates with the user to send friendly preventative reminders such as, wardrobe choices based on weather, medication reminders, etc. The system may also be integrated with existing messaging apps to send written reminders.

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

Early experiments could involve testing simple programmed interactions with smart home systems in user's homes, such as Amazon's Echo. We would be interested to see if user's feel comfortable and interested vocally interacting with these systems.

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

Some backend programming help would be very useful, as would refining potential scripts, and UX designs.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • A student collaboration
  • An OpenIDEO Outpost or Chapter

Tell us about your work experience:

We are a UX designer with a biology background, a registered nurse, IT specialist, and an interactive design student.

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