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Safe Steps

Fall Prevention and Detection Technology to be used in domestic environment.

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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?

Safe Steps helps safety-concerned elderly people to reduce the chances of falling by providing real time visual, haptic and sound notification for waking patterns anomalies and surrounding hazards, using a pair of slippers and a digital wearable device which are wirelessly connected bringing peace mind regarding fall hazards in domestic spaces.

Main Features

  1. Appealing, Robust and light digital waterproof wearable device.
  2. Comfortable cutting-edge nanosensor slippers.
  3. Wireless support for wearable device and nanosensor slippers.
  4. Real-time visual, haptic and sound notification for walking pattern anomalies.
  5. Real-time visual, haptic and sound notification for risky surfaces and surrounding hazards.
  6. Web Cloud platform to provide powerful data analysis of user walking patterns
  7. Web Cloud platform to record and track user walking events.
  8. Share walking events with medical services.
  9. Customized physical exercises recommendations.
  10. Remote Tracking of wearable device and nanosensor slippers.
  11. Fast wireless charging support.
  12. Emergency contacts management.
  13. Emergency Notification to rapidly reach emergency services and contacts in case of a fall accident.

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

We did some usability testing for the high fidelity prototype(some screens shown in the images) we created for interaction of the user with the proposed system. We would like to do more intensive usability testing for the system interface and will also like to make use of our feasibility analysis for creating a full product. We have attached our interaction design report for someone who wants to know more about it.

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

The OpenIDEO community can give us some support for improving our idea and design, financial support and help in providing awareness about the product within ARPP, caregivers and doctors.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 4 months - 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

Student Group from University of Technology, Sydney working on Human computer interaction and Human centered design methodologies. We created this idea as a part of our coursework towards HCI.

How would you describe this idea while in an elevator with someone?

Safe Steps helps safety-concerned older adults to reduce the likelihood of falling by providing real time notifications for unusual and uncontrollable waking patterns and detecting risky substances and surfaces, using a pair of slippers with embedded nanosensors and a digital wearable device wirelessly connected bringing peace mind regarding fall hazards in domestic spaces.

How does your idea demonstrate our Criteria of Affordability?

Our plan is to partner with health insurance companies to offer SafeSteps as an added value on top of premium insurance memberships. Another alternative is to partner with government and social impact organizations to fund the research and development to create a final product that can be accessible to everyone.

How does your idea demonstrate or plan to demonstrate scalability?

We plan to create a non-profit foundation with social impact to seek public and private funding,partner with caregivers associations like ARAFMI or Carers Australia to better understand the fall-prevention space. We need to create an strategic alliance with an electronic device's manufacturer to produce at big scale and provide customer support and maintenance.

How do you plan to measure the impact of your idea?

Conduct interviews and observations to major stakeholders, like older people and their families, caregivers, healthcare organizations and professional medicine practitioners. Conduct a systematic literature review of industry solutions and research projects on fall-prevention space to identify the proper metrics to measure the impact and benefits for ours users.

What are your immediate next steps after the challenge?

Create a working prototype of the slippers and wearable device. Run more usability test and gather feedback from a broader segment of users. Redesign the slippers and wearable device interactions to meet any insight found during this iterative creation process.
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Attachments (5)

5. Safe Steps - Prototype Iteration.pdf

The Refinement phase prototype

4. Safe Steps - Usability Evaluation.pdf

The Refinement phase usability evaluation

2. Safe Steps - User Scenarios.pdf

SafeSteps is explained in a human-centered way by creating a user scenarios.

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Hi Ideators

Thank you for all your hard work in this challenge and dedication.

All of the ideas posts are locked but the comments section is still open, so please feel free to look at other ideas and comment on them, seek feedback on your idea etc.

I know I have asked many ideators this question but I am asking again as some ideas pivoting in the challenge. Would you say your idea is Most Viable or Most Promising? How would the incentives associated with that Award (Most Viable/Most Promising) be helpful for you?

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Hi Kate,

We consider our idea to be the most viable one, as we think we have done the basic research required in the domain of fall prevention and have a pretty clear understanding of the user space and theirs need, which has helped us to create the idea. Also we feel that our idea has matured a lot since its inception and is ready for prototyping a functional product. We feel that the incentive associated with this award will help us in getting access to advanced prototyping technologies and experts in area of design, electronics etc. Also it will help us focus more on making idea work and help the community as it was the main goal from the on set of this project.

Regards,
Ideators

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Hi Kate,

We consider our idea to be the most viable one, as we think we have done the basic research required in the domain of fall prevention and have a pretty clear understanding of the user space and theirs need, which has helped us to create the idea. Also we feel that our idea has matured a lot since its inception and is ready for prototyping a functional product. We feel that the incentive associated with this award will help us in getting access to advanced prototyping technologies and experts in area of design, electronics etc. Also it will help us focus more on making idea work and help the community as it was the main goal from the on set of this project.

Regards,
Ideators

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Hi Ideators,

Your idea is currently unpublished. Do you plan to publish it before the deadline of 5 pm PT on Monday?

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Hi kate,
yes we would publish it.

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What if we could include a safety net that would support the elders in the worst likely scenario that they do fall in the stairs? This could, for example, be a mat that follows every movement the elderly makes in the stairs.

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Hi Alex,

Thank you for your comment and interest in SafeSteps.

SafeSteps is mainly focus in the fall prevention domain. However, your idea is very interesting to tackle the reaction and response to a fall. Do you have a net idea?

In the reaction domain, SafeStep has an Emergency Notification to rapidly reach emergency services and contacts in case of a fall accident.

Regards,

Ideators

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Hello Ideators,

The thing to think about is when elderly are in the middle of the stairs, and suddenly feel dizzy, can this tool support the body so as not to roll over to the floor?

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Hi Eldy,

Thank you for your comment and interest in SafeSteps.

Your feedback is very valuable and help us to better understand new scenarios on this problem domain. In the meantime, SafeSteps is mainly focus on preventing the fall through the detection of risky substances and surfaces that can potentially cause falls. Secondly, SafeSteps will help in measuring walking patterns and identify unusual and uncontrollable walking anomalies. Both mechanisims will allow SafeSteps to warn the user of the risk of a fall and providing relevant exercise suggestions.

Regards,

Ideators.

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Hi Kate,

Thank you for your comment.

We are working on the refinement question following the toolkit provided. In addition, we are trying to find information about market and competitors. It will be very useful if you can provide us with some guidance to link with an organization that manages such information.

Best Regards,

Ideators

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Hi Ideators,

We are half-way through the refinement phase and I can’t wait to see continued updates on your idea. More information can be found in the refinement toolkit which can be found at the top of the refinement phase page.

An easy first step is to complete the refinement questions which can be found by logging into your OpenIDEO account and selecting the ‘Edit Contribution’ button on the top left hand corner.

If you scroll down to the bottom, you can see the five added questions with a character limit (including spaces) to help you focus your answer. The questions start with "How would you describe this idea while in an elevator with someone? (what's the elevator pitch for this idea?) - 400 character limit"

In addition to answering these questions it would be helpful if you could mention how your solution fits in the market in the ‘full description’ section of your post. Who are your competitors and how is your idea unique?

If you have any questionS, please feel free to reach out to me, my email address is krushton@ideo.com

Hope to see you on the refinement call this Friday at 9 am PST.

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Team

Hi Ideators!

Welcome to the refinement phase!

I really look forward to seeing how your idea develops.

There are a few ideas from previous OpenIDEO challenge you might want to check out:

Financial Goals App from the Financial Longevity Challenge has an interesting way of testing the concept - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/financial-longevity/evaluation/financial-goal-app

Rightsize from the same challenge clearly communicates the iterations it has gone through and the business plan - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/financial-longevity/evaluation/rightsize

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Hi Ideators!

Thank you for posting Safe Steps on the platform. Do you have a working prototype/MVP? Do you need addition expertise e.g. coding to produce an MVP?

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Hi Kate,

Thanks for your interest in safe steps. Presently we are work on a feasibility analysis through a literature review. By that we hope to create an algorithm for detecting walking anomalies. We plan to create a working prototype once we have finalised the algorithm for it. We are having hard time understanding nanosensors specially for detecting walking hazards as we all belong to information technology backgrounds. So it will be great if we could find someone who is an expert with nanosensors. Coding won't be a big issue once we have sorted this problem.

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Hey Ideators! Your team landed on a solution that could become a trusted everyday tool with with Safe Steps. I'm with Kate - do you have a working prototype? Your design report though has alot to help us imagine the product and process already. Is this a standalone product, or do you envision a smartwatch app? A few thoughts: Rehabilitation centers and physiotherapists working with patients just recovering from a fall might be a key channel for getting Safe Steps into the right hands. You could partner with their staff, who usually do an in-home fall safety assessment before patients are released. They also might be able to add to the recommended actions when a fall threat is detected, if there's a way to customize suggestions within reason. I like your empathy towards persona Jonathan, sensitive to his feeling comfortable with technology and considering cognitive load. How about the interface and older people who are color blind? - am not sure the blue/gray combination is perceptible to everyone. Also, is there some kind of alarm or indicator for battery drain or other malfunction so people don't lose trust?