Project Brief

My professor challenged me and my team to explore the design challenges of interactive systems on AI enabled Assistive Technology. We were to select a user with a physical or mental disability, conduct field research, and drive the design process based on insights from the field research to come up with technology that improves the user's accessibility of everyday life. My role in this project involved developing the interface, visuals, and wireframes for the app as well as conducting the primary and secondary research for the project.

Meet Haley

Haley is a 20 year old college student suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. Being diagnosed only 2 years ago, Haley experienced a sudden lifestyle change that permanently damaged her mental health.

THE PROBLEM

Our user constantly struggles to manage her mental health and diabetes through her outdated and bulky insulin device; the device's awkward design and complex use affect the user's mental health, constantly reminding her of the ever-present disease.

Research

We conducted several interviews with our user to better understand what her daily routine consisted of. We became familiar with her current devices, went in depth on how they worked and analyzed how our user’s lifestyle changed after her diagnosis. 
INSULIN PUMPS
There are many Insulin Pumps on the market that perform similar functions to the user’s current Insulin Pump. However, most lack communication with the CGM and are bulky, frustrating to use, painful, and very time consuming.
DEPRESSION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Seeking professional help is the number one priority when suffering from mental illness. However, many patients make use of social media to reach out to people and mobile apps to deal with loneliness.

What is our user currently using?

Our user wears two main pieces of technology: the CGM and PDM. The CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) tracks our user's blood sugar with a needle attached to a fatty part of her body that she's able to read using her phone. However, the CGM is not always accurate, so she also carries a glucose monitor.

The PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) is a device that has a pump attached to another fatty part of the user's body. The user has to manually input everything she eats, especially the carbohydrates, so that the pump can deliver the amount of insulin needed to regulate her blood sugar. It is important to mention that the CGM and PDM work independently from one another.

THE SOLUTION

An app and capsule that work together to help the user manage her diabetes and depression by monitoring her health and mood on a daily basis.

GREENER

Greener is a mobile app designed to track the user's mental and physical health with the goal to facilitate her life as a diabetic person suffering from depression.

Greener works in conjunction with the Apple Watch to replace the traditional CGM for a noninvasive glucose monitor. Optical sensors in the Apple Watch allow for a an accurate reading of the user's glucose o blood sugar. A Greener Capsule is also provided to work with the phone and watch app, which contains a Glucagon Cartridge that automatically delivers insulin and/or sugar water into the blood stream to control the user's insulin levels.

How is our solution better than the current device?

Greener is comprised of 3 parts: the app, the watch, and the capsule. The app tracks the user's sugar and insulin levels as well as her mood. The Greener mobile app has a social network built into it to help her manage her depression. The user is able to view her blood sugar levels in the app with the help of the Apple Watch, which acts as a noninvasive glucometer. Finally, the Greener Capsule is able to deliver the exact amount of insulin or sugar water needed automatically.

MOBILE APP

Real-time growing “garden” provides a safe space for the user.

THE APPLE WATCH

A non-invasive glucose monitor that tells the insulin pump how much insulin or sugar water needs to be injected into the body.

THE CAPSULE

The Greener Capsule is designed to match the user’s skin tone, making it more discreet. Its thinner, rounder curves make it less bulky and therefore less likely to bump into something and fall off.

The capsule communicates with the Greener App to monitor the user’s glucose, automatically delivering insulin or sugar water without the need to input anything on the app or eat.

How the app, watch, and capsule work together

User's Experience Map

Vision Video