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Udaan: Exercise with others through body tracking games.

Udaan's goal is to unlearn rigid exercises and rebuild relationships by facilitating group activities through body tracking games.

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

Through my primary and secondary research I identified key challenges such as: 1. Lack of trust from family members 2. Isolation 3. Monotonous Exercise 4. Fear of falling 5. Low confidence

The aim of the project is to spread positivity and confidence among elderly citizens who suffer from Osteoporosis and have fallen and/or have a fear of falling. 

Udaan's goal is to help them unlearn rigid exercises and rebuild relationships by facilitating group activities through 'body tracking games'. 

Senior citizens who have Osteoporosis take heavy preventive measures after suffering from a fall or falls. These measures take an emotional and physical toll in the long term. The latter often manifests in the form of choosing to remain in their room, avoiding activities that they once enjoyed due to physical constraints and a developing a general feeling of isolation and lack of confidence; thus affecting their relationship with their families and being perceived and treated as more of a 'liability'. 

To remove this stigma and rebuild trust and independence among the elderly, I intend to focus on group activities through body tracking video games. 

By using the Xbox Kinect and creating several motion games through processing (open source kinect libraries), I look to create co-op body tracking games which aim to mimic the recommended physical exercise for elderly citizens.  

Elderly citizens can play these body tracking games with each other, their caretaker or with family members. The Kinect v2 has skeletal tracking (joint tracking) to upto 6 players which allows me to create Solo Games, 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3.         


                                       (testing skeletal tracking)

Exercise through play is the best way to motivate a user and build a strong relationship between players. Using this data I will then be able to track the user's progress and provide weekly reports on the senior citizen's physical progress. 

                         (Hypothesis Test: Playing Darts with family members)


Some of the game concepts include arm and leg exercise and reaction tests. 

                                            (Mini Games Mechanic Sketches)

 These are some of the game mechanics that I have ideated on. 

The first concept focuses in combining two players into one organic shape and provided some obstacles that they both have to cooperatively have to maneuver through.

I took inspiration from ribbon gymnastics and wanted the players to create visually appealing interactions based on the music given. The more complicated and elegant the interaction the louder the AI crowd cheers in the background.  

The third one is a reflex game where a green light will randomly turn on and whichever player is the first one to hit it gets a point.    

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

This is aimed to be a program that can be adopted in Elderly Homes and Care Facilities. It could also be adopted towards these environments as well. - Families - Non Profits aimed towards Elderly care and physical therapy.

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

The only expensive item in this project is the motion tracking camera (which costed $64) and with better cameras launching in the market prices of previous generations are dropping. I plan to conduct Pilot Tests at Elderly care facilities and plan to expand from there.

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

- improvement in patient physical and emotional behaviour - increase in participation and activities - improved relationship between elderly citizen and caretaker

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)

N/A

Website (if applicable)

My UX Design Portfolio: http://ashwinmogral.com My Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwinmogral/

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

I am a User Experience Designer working at Salesforce.org. This project is a personal project as my Grand Mother and her friends suffer from Vertigo and Osteoporosis. She has had several falls and recently fell a week ago. I have seen her behaviour change in a negative way and it has been difficult for me personally to bond with her. I look at this project as a way to not just allow me but to help other family members who also struggle to interact with their grandparents. I actually first conducted some hypothesis tests by playing darts with her (she is very competitive). I saw that games are a very fun way of exercising and can be shared with another member. Whenever I get the free time after work or on the weekends I invest my time in this as I believe that this could be an interesting design solution. As a designer I want to get into social impact and personal projects are the best way for me to express this desire.

Location (50 characters)

I am based in Fremont, California, USA.

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are individuals

Innovator/Organizational Characteristics

  • Just an Individual who wants to help.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO social media

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

Initially I discovered a previous challenge that had already been completed (Prevent Elderly from falling) and as soon as I saw this I found many similarities through the challenge description as well as research that I had conducted.

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Hi Ashwin Mogral 

Thanks for submitting your idea. I am Ashutosh Biltharia, an Innovation Coach with OpenIDEO.

The mentioned key challenges show that you have done a good research and your idea sounds interesting as well because it talks about- breaking away the existing monotonous exercises and targets- rebuilding the lost connections by engaging them in a group activity through fun and play. These patients certainly need cheerful activities in their daily routines that help them get emotionally empowered, regain the confidence in physical strength and accept the situation positively. Though your idea is interesting, it brought me a few questions as well:

- How will you encourage family members/ caretakers to get involved?
- How will you make sure your idea doesn’t become monotonous and doesn’t get lost in the daily routines of the family members/ caretakers?
- What makes your idea unique? (Considering the existence of the similar ideas)
- What do you think about the integration of your idea with the current healthcare system? OR
- How will you integrate your idea with the existing services/system? (If an idea can’t work within a system, it might fail as well)
- How do you see this concept in long term?

In terms of scalability- How do you plan to reach to the maximum possible patients or support facilities? Some user testing sessions will quickly help you refine the idea. Also, it will be good to see an ‘over-time response’ of the users/ caregivers. Please add text to support your concept sketches, it’s difficult to understand.

And as Manisha Laroia mentioned, please join the office hours session.

Thanks
Ashutosh

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Hi Ashutosh thank you for sharing your inputs.
I have answers to some of the questions you have brought up. I agree that conceptually this idea needs to be refined a lot and am really thankful for your feedback.

- How will you encourage family members/care takers to get involved? & What makes your idea unique.
Through the game I am looking to capture data and convey it in a positive way such as a player progress or Player stats. This could also allow the game to recommend (coach) what games to play (exercises to improve on). I also looking to create competitive games
(points system) that has a strong replay value.

- What do you think about the integration of your idea with the current healthcare system? OR
- How will you integrate your idea with the existing services/system? (If an idea can’t work within a system, it might fail as well)
Along with body tracking data, videos can also be captured and I am looking at possibilities where a progress report can be shared with the caretaker or family member.
eg: Player stats with a highlight reel w/ also providing information like where the player needs to improve on and where they excel in.

- How will you integrate your idea with the existing services/system? (If an idea can’t work within a system, it might fail as well)
There are a lot of physical rehabilitation programs that I have seen with sports players that have body tracking exercise sessions. If there are certain programs that are focused on physical rehabilitation for senior citizens I would like to head in that direction.


In terms of scalability- How do you plan to reach to the maximum possible patients or support facilities? Some user testing sessions will quickly help you refine the idea.

Yes I agree, I am looking to create a quick prototype and start conducting usability sessions soon. Ashutosh Biltharia 

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Hi Ashwin Mogral Its great that you gave a thought about the above points. The best way to test any doubts/ assumptions now is to user test the idea.

I would like to add one more suggestion- As you are planning to conduct usability sessions soon, it would help you if:

1) Test at least 2-3 iterations of the same concept OR
2) Challenge yourself, brainstorm a bit and think- if not body tracking games, then what can be the similar ways to break away rigid exercises and engage them in collaborative physical activities and so on. If you get any idea, create a quick mockup for that as well. This is to create variations for testing and give users more options. It gives users the opportunity to compare the concepts or talk about them, which will eventually lead to a richer feedback and insights.

Though it takes time to generate 2-3 distinct concepts and relevant prototypes, testing them can be eye opening.

All the best!
Ashutosh

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