underWearable Activity Monitor (uWAM)+
Proposed is an "underWearable" Activity Monitor (uWAM) for people to use to securely/safely monitor, track, store and share personal health/wellness information with their trusted circles (family, health care providers, caregivers, etc).
A real barrier as people age is for the seamless and trusted monitoring, tracking and sharing of core health/wellness information with trusted circles (family, health care, caregivers, etc) in a simple/easy way that does not require any major new behavior changes. Therefore, proposed is an "underWearable" that seamlessly replaces existing underwear but yet captures, stores and securely/wirelessly transmits a variety of motion and sensory information to one's trusted circles (family, health care providers, caregivers, etc). See Features listed above for v1.0.
How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?
I believe some of the main factors to gain scale are:
1. Comfort - Make as or more Comfortable than existing underwear
2. Cost - Make at same or less Cost than existing underwear
3. Access - Make as or more easy to Access (ie, buy) than existing underwear
4. Ease of Use - No new learning for person using underWearable
How might your idea attract and involve partners from health care, business, government, nonprofit or other sectors?
1. Health Care - Attracted by possibility to improve outcomes, reduce costs and increase quality of life (eg, identify and treat urinary incontinence early) as well as increased understanding of patient lifestyle
2. Gov - Attracted by reduction in health care costs (eg, early detection of symptoms, decrease/change in activity)
How might you design an early experiment or prototype to further develop your idea?
1. Recruit, interview and run design session with dozen or so males and females (above 70+ yrs old)
2. Buy supplies (fabric, hw, sw, etc)
3. Make prototypes (half male, half female)
4. Run pilot program
5. Summarize key learning's and plan next steps