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Smart Wearable Support

We explore the design concept of a smart wearable support which is capable of prevent recurrence of accident through activity monitor.

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What challenges or opportunities are you trying to address within the problem? (200 characters or less)

Challenges patients face includes 1. fear of accident recurrence, 2. lack of awareness to resources. Our opportunity is to provide a holistic recovery support that monitors patient's condition.

During the rehabilitation and recovery stage, patients commonly chooses a wearable support to provide physical support and alleviate pain. 

How might we design the wearable support more data-empowered to prevent the recurrence of accidents and raise the lacking awareness in overwhelming recovery resources?

The smart wearable support serves 3 major functions, and a sketch of use case is provided:
(1) Being able to track the patients physical activity and generate monthly follow-up insights.
(2) When a recurrence of accidents happens, the smart wearable support is able to instantly link to emergency medical aids (i.e. contact close family member, call ambulance, etc.)  
(3) The monthly follow-up insights can be shared across significant stakeholders such as caregivers,  medical/community professions (under patient’s consent) to keep updated of the patient’s recovery status or provide suggestions.

With the main functions, the design aim to tackle the current challenges patients are facing, including:
(1) the fear of recurrence of accident
(2) lack of awareness to existing resources
(3) lacking data for follow-ups.

Our opportunity is to provide patients a holistic recovery care system that monitors their condition, providing support which alleviates pain and connects the patient with relevant professionals.

The concept is currently in the blueprint stage, while further researches needed to be done to provide a working prototype and pilot-runs for the next refinement stage.  

Who is your target end user and why will they be interested? (650 characters or less)

Our end target users will be elderly aged between 60-65, living alone and moderately tech savvy (eg. Able to make calls and use WhatsApp). They are people who do not want to burden others but do need some form of help if they are facing something or a situation that is beyond their control. They trust the technology to provide them with the relevant information they should know but wants a simpler and clear indication of their recovery and current health status.

How is your idea scaleable? (650 characters or less)

This concept can be scaled into elder care centers where looking out for a large number of elderly is challenging, this idea can provide timely alert for medical staff to react in cases of fall. The idea can also be scaled to construction sites where work injuries often occurs at the hip area.

What do/will you measure to know if your solution worked? (500 characters or less)

The measure of success will be focused on: (1) Elderly desirability and willingness to use for the product (2) The product provides sufficient information for the elderly to know what is going to happen and they are supposed to do (3) The elderly is able to operate the product without much assistance in a stressful situation (4) It alleviates the pain and emotionally feel more confident to participate in recovery sessions Both qualitative and quantitative approaches for analysis.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

If you were to become a Top Idea, would you want to actively participate in piloting your idea?

  • I want my idea piloted, and I prefer to do my own piloting in collaboration with the health system and with assistance from the Challenge partner

Company / Organization Name, if applicable (140 characters or less)

MSc Design for Interaction, TU Delft

Tell us about yourself or your team (500 characters or less)

We are two interaction Design master students from the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (Delft University of Technology). We aspire to create meaningful impact through design, not to add more waste to the society but to value add and optimise to improve the lives of the people.

Location (50 characters)

We are based in Delft, The Netherlands.

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are individuals

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Post sharing through TU Delft intranet

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

As future professional designers and current passionate master students, we are always proactively seeking opportunities which we can collaborate with the multidisciplinary fields and make impact through design. Also we are taking specialisation of Medesign in our master program, which is a track focusing on patient empowerment and healthcare innovation. This is a great opportunity to apply out skills and knowledge, and make contribution to the field.


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Hi Winnie Lovegood 
Your idea has reached the Shortlisted stage in the Healthy Bones, Healthy Aging Challenge and we have assigned you an Innovation Coach Mariah Burton Nelson as mentioned in the introduction email sent to you on Aug 3, 2019.
She is here to support you through the Refinement Phase to prototype your idea, get user feedback and build on feedback from the community to better it.

She had reached out to you to schedule call to work together and is waiting for your response.
Do let us know if you are not able to reach him.
Mariah's email is

Let me know if there is any concern or change in plans.

Any other questions, do feel free to write back.

Healthy Bones, Healthy Aging Challenge
OpenIDEO Global Community Fellow

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