Happier, healthier lives.
In a time way before Nike Fuelband ® (remember that?) Medolor was a bracelet concept that intelligently monitored the wearer's medical status to preemptively detect anomalies and other discrepancies.
Not located in the personal health sector but framed as an actual medical device, it is designed to cooperate with other healthcare services to improve emergency response times or simply better inform a regular checkup.
This concept was a university project, in which I was responsible for the concept, the service integration and the stakeholder mapping.
Stating the Art of Technology
The bracelet doesn't have to be intrusive or penetrative in order to gather data about the wearer's health status. Using features such as luminescence blood analysis, pheromone detection or skin emission analysis, it detects diseases or related issues before they pose a problem.
The device stores medical history and thereby creates a profile of the user. This feature can also improve and catalyze a healthier lifestyle.
Integration into medicare
Gathered information can be shared with authorized healthcare professional to speed up processes. Additionally, the bracelet can send beacons to rescue services in case of emergencies.
Designing for health
Personal health is a rapidly growing sector heavily benefiting from advancing technology, better use of bigger data and an increasingly user-friendly design. A cornucopia of wearables measure and tell us anything about ourselves that we could possibly want to know and yet we are not satisfied. Because the knowledge of having walked 7842 steps in one day doesn't provide any value to us. Designing for healthcare has to be meaningful and sensemaking to the user, not the system.
This project addresses personal health from a professional service provider side. During the process, we focussed on establishing the best link between user (patient) and healthcare professional.
AHEAD OF ITS TIME
Medolor was a project when I was still doing my Bachelor. Now seen as almost mundane, I still think it was something very beautiful, as by the time of it's making, wearables weren't a thing yet.
For us, it was just the logical continuation of the trend towards interfaceless devices, contactless operations and centralized device interactions. Trends that are - unlike the novelty of the bracelet - still very up-to-date.