Time of Completion: February 2013 (2 weeks) / Category: Product Design, Sound Design.
Team: Dongzhi Xia, Chris Wright, Johan Grönskog, Anna-Maria Schneider
MEDICALL is the final delivery of the "Industrial Sound Design" course in Umeå Institute of Design. The overall aim of the course is to gain an increased understanding, awareness and experience about how sound and light as "form" can be used in product and interface design.
Analysis and practical exercise in the study of form are generally focused on the appearance of objects where the visual sense id dominant. Less attention has been paid to how we experience products and objects through other sensory channels such as our hearing and touch. However, the use of sound in producs has become increasingly important not only to enhance product quality but also for the exchange of information.
We chose healthcare as our main direction. We found that in many couturiers, especially in Sweden, it's hassle for people to arrange an appointment with the doctor if you're not heavily sick. For families with children, it's extremely difficult for parents to self-diagnose kids' illness. So we asked ourselves:
What if you could have a doctor at home?
Our concept is a home medical diagnostic tool called MEDICALL with which people can do self check-up. MEDICALL will lead you to check temperature, blood sugar, pulse, heart rhythm and lung function, and provide medical advices according to these parameters.
We use mood board to define keywords for our product: EMPATHY, FRIENDLY and CALMING.
We went through most common illnesses, then figured out diseases MEDICALL should cover and diagnostic steps.
We really want to create a form offers the affordance of "listening" and an experience both involves parents and children. We got the inspiration from a traditional diagnostic tool so called "midwife".
We designed specific sounds/vocals for each functionality. Chris rocks.
A functional prototype was built based on Arduino platform (The sourcecode is available on my Github). We created the mould using 3d printing and vacuum forming.
Though we were tired, we enjoyed the process of branding our invention :P