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Jerry is an interactive smartfriend for children (3 to 7+) with chronic illnesses to learn and cope through play. The magic of a teddy to bridge industrial engineering, play and empathetic healthcare in child development.

Jerry is an interactive smartfriend for children (3 to 7+) with chronic illnesses to learn and cope through play. The magic of a teddy to bridge industrial engineering, play and empathetic healthcare in child development.

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Bianca commented on Drones that Deliver

Wonderful share, April. Nice - your idea immediately inspired useful directions and thought-engaging add ons from the community

From listening to what has been collectively discussed so far, here's one opportunity that might be worth considering and exploring when moving this idea forward: Test users emotional or cultural responses to drones (for useable insights that might inform more empathetic as well as kid and family friendly prototypes)

As you, Usha and Meena have shown, there is a market and ongoing interest for drones to this context of utility and development aid, which I'm definitely in support of. Equally, I'm reminded that there are cases in which drones face controversial perceptions especially in human rights contexts. Such as, for some developing nations, the communities and/or families of casualty victims from military drone strikes might still have attached stigmas impacted by those negative and traumatic experiences, which could possibly be a context that might inform/trigger resistance as well as reactions of fear, anxiety and contempt to drones

Sharing as a "food for thought" reference, these are some victim stories and quotes from Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinics that may be useful in being empathetic of the different plausible user reactions that drones might encounter in cultural contexts and certain conflict realities faced by some low-income communities of developing regions:

One other value in testing user reactions to drones comes from considering how the lack of differentiation or distinctiveness between drone designs seems ineffective to clearly signal their priority, which is in thinking of the reports of a young boy in the US who was assaulted for playing with his toy drone as it was mistaken for being a surveillance type drone. Can most end-users (in this case, low-income communities of developing regions) distinguish and immediately perceive the difference between what is a threatening drone versus a non-threatening drone?

In considering these testable concerns, one essential part of this idea may institute the need for improved drone redesigns; e.g., empathetic forms - less intimidating and invasive - without compromising the effectiveness of their technical proficiency such as, if designed for the context of distributing vaccines, incorporating Bettina's important feedback of what is necessary for transporting medicine

Sweet idea, Ken :-)

Are the images in your post the only visuals that teach/communicate the building instructions of these DIY garden systems? There seems to be a lot of text accommodating the pictographs. Playing with an assumption real quick: If the goal is for these is to work virtually anywhere -- and since the context of this challenge is focused on low-income communities of developing nations -- is it possible that when the text of these instructions are translated between various languages that could face some cross-cultural barriers? For instance, the cultural translations could slightly alter the meaning and potentially the precision of these instructions. Or, if the some of the vocabulary used don't have a cultural translation/equivalent for. Considering that hypothesis, do you find that redesigning these instructions more visually could help lessen any potential confusion end users/stakeholders might encounter in the cultural translations of these building instructions?

Here's one useable "food for thought" reference , which was contributed in the research phase by Aditi Kulkarni, "Redesigning the immunization card for an Indian context,"
An example of how communication design was used to redesigned immunization cards to tackle problems of comprehension, reduce effort and time required to enter and retrieve information into the immunization card and ensure accuracy of information

What current solutions of distribution channels are you/your team considering that identify how low-income communities will have access to these in order for them to build the DIY microgreen garden systems themselves?
I saw on the JPG diagram, these are meant to be open-sourced. What other resources/channels could offer access to these for low-income communities in regions that might lack internet?


Bianca commented on Pre-school community-led initiative

I should note, I wrote a second comment. But, I deleted it since I realized I misread/misinterpreted one of your responses out of context…. I've been trying to keep up with all the vast ideas and research conversations and health education and prevention concepts have been stuck in my mind, so I misread your "teaching aids" in a health context of "teaching AIDS" --- My deepest apologies! :-)