Spot &  Cara

An Alzheimer's Care Product Design System

 
Overview
Timeline

Spot & Cara is a two-part Alzheimer's Care product systems that facilitates communication, encourages activities and documents care for both the caregiver and care-recipient. 

Part 1: Low Tech Solution

The first part of this project was to built a product solution using minimal technology. My solution for this was the ActiCare System, consisting of Spot, the timer toy, and a portable activity journal.

Part 2: High Tech Solution

The second part was to use the same problem space and built a high technology solution. This became Spot & Cara.

LowTech Design

February - May 2021

Tools Used

Premier Pro, SolidWorks, KeyShot, Illustrator, Photoshop, Figma, Miro

Skills

User research/testing, rapid physical prototyping, storyboarding, sketching, pitch presentation

HighTech Design
PART 1: Research
 
Focusing on a research problem
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Full research process

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Establishing Project Problem Statement

From my research, I discovered that problems that caregivers and care-recipients may face are 1) disconnects in communication especially in regards to time due to how care-recipients often lose the ability to understand time. 2) Inactivity together and for the care-recipient due to how busy caretakers are and are not able to accompany them all the time. 3) It is important but also difficult to document the disease progression and any behavioral changes to inform a physician. 

PART 1: Prototyping & Testing
 
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Low Tech Prototyping & Testing
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In my early development, I wanted to design a product system that could be easily identifiable for someone living with Alzheimer's, such as a friendly animal. This was inspired by Bird Tales, a therapeutic Alzheimer's program that use real and toy animals. 

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Pivot in ideas

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PART 1: Solution
LowTech Product Solution
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Spot further details

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PART 2: HighTech Research
What type of technology could compliment this problem space?
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Modifying my problem statement
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PART 2: Prototyping & Development
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Connecting the product to a larger scale
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PART 2: HighTech Final Product

Concept video

 
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Both Spot & Cara establish a sense of trust and familiarity by conversing with the user

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Spot & Cara work together to alert people sharing a space of daily activities and other important reminders

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During an activity, a progression bar will tell the user where they are during the process and will notify that they have completed a step

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Both products can also show others around the house that an important call is taking place

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Back To Work