We will be gathering user feedback in late February and measuring efficacy a little later in Spring. And yes, you're right - documentation and instructions are crucial, and also require thoughtful design. These are part of the deliverables for my thesis, and would be in our future website, which I also envision as a tool to make multi-sensory activities resources more accessible and centralized in one place.
Regarding Philips, yes, we are definitely going to reach out ... just waiting to get our demo ready!
I'd love to connect and hear more about your thoughts on research, the financial concerns and the project itself! Let me know what would be the best way to get it touch!
Hi Hever - thanks for getting in touch! This is a great question. This week we are finishing up our first study design draft for the pilot, and although we still haven’t finalized all the details just yet, I can tell you a little bit about our approach.
We’re currently looking at the impact of Healing Spaces from two perspectives:
1) The impact of Healing Spaces as a toolkit, caregiving tool. We want to find out whether our platform shows promise in making the caregiver’s job easier and more enjoyable, and if it helps them to better manage and conduct sensory-based activities.
2) The impact of Healing Spaces on end users, those living with dementia. We want to find out if it shows promise in reducing agitation and unfocused behavior. We are currently looking at baseline measurement of behavior – and maybe also comparing normal sensory activities outcomes to Healing Spaces’ outcomes.
So, with this pilot, our goal is to gather information on the feasibility, usability and potential efficacy of our minimum viable product.
Once we have that first draft ready, I’d be happy to share the details and of course, any thoughts and feedback are more than welcome!
This comes up in every discussion with the team and advisors. One way we are taking affordability into consideration is by thinking about the reusability of each component. For me it was always very important to not be tied to any specific technology during our early ideation days - we had our experience and design goals, and it was only after some months of formative and field research that we started making decisions about the technology involved.
We chose the iPad because it gives caregivers and our end users instant portable access to not only our experiences, but also to a whole ecosystem of applications and resources.
HDTVs of any size could be enough for visual and sound output.
One of our goals has always been to transform spaces and extend the visual experience beyond the screen and into the physical environment, without having to make difficult modifications to the actual space. With this in mind, we saw the opportunity to use light (and color) a an immersion tool - one that we often overlook. With the Hue lights, portability played a big role in our decision-making process. In a community setting, the Hue Go, for instance, can have many different applications. The lights could be brought into a resident's room, if they are confined to bed, for example. Healing Spaces itself is meant to be experienced in a wide range of settings. But beyond our platform, the lights could be used to enhance existing activities as well, indoors or outdoors. For a home setting, it's a similar situation. We've been thinking about making our design flexible enough to acknowledge that some might only be able to afford one light, and therefore our experiences should be equally rewarding for them. As we connect with family caregivers through the USC Family Caregiver Support Center next semester, our goal is to listen to any obstacle they might see in using our product, and try to address them as we move forward.
By focusing on components that have the potential to enhance other aspects of caregiving and wellbeing, we hope to make the investment in Healing Spaces more meaningful.
That said, as we are in the early stages of development, there’s a lot more to consider when addressing affordability in a larger scale deployment scenario, and this is where we think the IDEO community could help us grow!