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Siobhan commented on Women's Health Apps Provide Education and Community

Kate Rushton I just checked out the Hababy website, and I appreciate the amount of research that has gone into this specific solution. The facts and figures in your descriptions of the app and the reasoning behind it really help me understand your specific users. There is a lot of descriptions regarding "emphasis on visual communication" for things like symptoms. How are you going to determine which symbols, gestures, etc. are shown as these visuals? Every culture and language uses different gestures and body language to describe pain, discomfort, danger, etc. It is crucial to use culturally appropriate symbolism in order to avoid confusion and miscommunication. A good way to do this may just be to interview refugees from different countries and video tape them describing pain in their own language and try to get a read on consistencies. I hope this is helpful!


Siobhan commented on Smart labels for small plastic pacakging

I really enjoy the visual identification to consumers. The current recycling symbol on plastic items is often highly inconspicuous, which negates its main purpose. A red strip right in line with where the consumer directly interacts with a product is much more effective at signaling that an item is recyclable. Ravish Majithia I was wondering what material you are putting into the seal to make it magnetic, and its cradle to grave impact on the Earth. Since the essence of this challenge isn't just better recycling but better sustainability overall, is that taken into account in the chosen magnetic material, how it is sourced, how it will effect the recyclability of a product, etc.?

Joanna I love the emphasis on the impact that play and kinesthetic recreation have on children's education and well being. The way PI empowers communities to work together to build an individualized playground is also highly beneficial to suffering communities. I was wondering if you've considered or worked at counteracting the issue of stealing. I completed a design project that addressed providing clean water and light sources to refugee camps. Often communities in crisis are extremely lacking in resources, and people recycle and reuse any materials they can get their hands on for daily activities. "Loose parts" in these circumstances may be seen as more beneficial to say, carry water, store food, or support shelter than to act as a recreational structure, and the playground may end up being disassembled for those purposes. Have you experienced this at all in your pilot tests, and how could you counteract that mentality in times of desperation?