Smart support for medication adherence

Running for the 14th time, an annual student design competition has taken place as part of CHI, one of the most prestigious conferences in the field of human-computer interaction.

An excuse to try out Paper by FiftyThree
An excuse to try out Paper by FiftyThree

This year, the brief was simple: do good through assistive technology. I had good fun with a team of UCLIC students, developing a conceptual design proposal for a device that helps people remember to take their medication. Sadly our project wasn't selected for the final round, but I will be keeping my fingers crossed for two other UCL teams who are flying to San Jose for CHI 2016 to present their proposals!

Below is an outline of my team's submission. If there's one thing I'm taking away from the experience it's that thermoplastic is absolutely indispensible for physical prototyping. I also had some fun with Paper by FiftyThree to create my own illustrations for our prototypes and the write-up.

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About Elise Hein

I’m a design system engineer at Griffin. Previously, I helped build products for healthcare research at Ctrl Group, worked on personal digital branding at MOO, and researched development practices at UCL for my master’s degree in HCI.

I live in Tallinn, Estonia, where I’m raising a preschooler and a toddler with @karlsutt.
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