Objective: Design a product and/or service for the Health and Wellness market that utilizes Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Class: Integrated Product Design, 12 week project
Team: Brenna Manning & Manik Sethi (Engineering), Jin Lin & Christopher Maddox (Business/Marketing), Leo Rossoni (Product & Experience Design)
The scope of the class is very broad, so we spent the first phase clarifying issues within health and wellness that we wanted to address.
3 million Americans are diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) every year, and $42 billion dollars are spent on mental health treatment in the US. Anxiety can affect all aspects of a person's life: emotionally, physically, socially, and professionally. Many people with anxiety are not helped until a breakdown occurs, which may cause even more disruption to their lifestyle. The most effective treatments for GAD require regular meetings with a mental health professional, which can be time consuming and taxing for the patient and the caretaker. The large market and under-served population led our team to research mental health, specifically anxiety, for this project, which centered around the question:
Analyzed data from the research phase to focus in on effective strategies for integrating aromatherapy and connected devices.
Target Demographic: College student or employed adult living with General Anxiety Disorder, may already see a therapist for mental health reasons.
Building on insight from the interviews we conducted, we designed the app to be a visual portal for the user's Aroama band activity, similar to other connected fitness apps. However, instead of recording fitness activity, the Aroama App connects users' thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, assisting mental health professionals in conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with their patients.
This prototype was made using Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, and InVision.
I started with form ideation and sketch models for the Aroama Band. I wanted the form to be soothing and organic to reflect the nature of natural scents, while also appearing as a fitness watch so it would not be too noticeable. I explored form factors for other fitness wearables, and different ways to switch out the scent pods.
Dylan feels really anxious before an interview tomorrow. He uses the Aroama band to focus on deep breathing and mindfulness.
Dylan uses Aroama regularly and visits his therapist. She analyzes the data and shows him strategies to cope with his anxiety over the next few months.
Data collected from Aroama Bands paints an emotional map of communities. This data informs mental health research, urban planning, and legislation in Dylan’s local community.