Oble

Oble is an easy to use, friendly, smart inhaler designed for children that combines the standard inhaler with the spacer into a single product. With our Oble companion application, parents can now be aware and connected to their children’s symptoms more than ever before.

 
 
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Onboarding

Our application on-boarding process first goes through the pairing of the application and their Oble.

For first time users, this allows them to complete all the necessities right off the bat with an easy user experience.

Initial Walk-through

Before any interaction, receive a quick walk-through of Oble's features. First time users will see pop-ups on each screen explaining the application feature.

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Treatment Manager

With detailed reports and you can compare weekly/monthly reporting through Oble’s application. Information such as number of times used can be crucial information in understanding symptoms.

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Practice Mode

A practice mode in order to ensure that parents children are able to optimize their medication intake. This can also be used when parents notice a negative trend in symptoms.


Timeline
October - December 2016

Awards
Gold award for the 2018 ADCC student competition

Tools
Sketch, Photoshop, After Effects, Marvel, Cinema 4D



The Problem

"There is an estimated amount of 3 million people currently suffering from asthma. Approximately 600,000 of those are children under the age of 12, and only 50% of them know how to use their inhalers properly.”

Design Challenge

How might we design a product for childhood asthma that is not only easy to use, but also empowers confidence in children to regularly take their medications, while helping parents manage their kid's asthma on an everyday basis?

My Role

My role mainly revolved around project management, user interface & user experience, and the writing of the script for our marketing video.

 

Our solution

An easy to use smart inhaler designed for children (5-12) that combines the mechanics of a standardized regular inhaler with a spacer into one single product as well as an accompanying mobile companion application.

Oble helps assist children take their medication more efficiently without any prior assembly. With its mobile companion app and bluetooth technology, Oble allows parents to track the usage and how well their child is doing on a day to day basis.

 
 
 

Timeline

 

Research

 
 
 

To bring our product into fruition, we first had to empathize and understand the current standing of asthma inhalers and their users. We started by conversing with doctors, pharmacists, parents, and day to day users. Our conversations educated us in better understanding the daily challenges of having asthma and inhalers themselves.

Following our primary research, we then moved onto creating a PACT analysis as part of our secondary research that helped our team get a general understanding of asthma and the pain points we wanted to help alleviate.

Using our initial research and analysis, we then synthesized our findings and created user personas to help us narrow in who we were designing for and to better focus our solutions.

 
3,000,000

People suffering from asthma

600,000

Children under 12 suffering from asthma

50%

Don’t know how to user their inhalers properly

 

Product Exploration

How might we…

Design a product that is inviting and fun for kids to use?
Involve some sort of personal experience within the product?
Simplify the overall experience and process of using an inhaler?
Create a peace of mind for parents?

We started ideating our product by following a set of questions to guide us through the process. With these questions in mind we began sketching out how our product might look like and kept note of why it was designed that way.

After several days of ideation between our team, we presented our concept to professors, parents, and doctors in order to receive feedback on our initial product. After digesting the feedback, we moved onto creating our MVP and began the 3D design process for the final printed mold.

 

End Product

Our end product exerts a fun and inviting tone towards children. Oble can be personalized by swapping in and out different silicone characters. Children can now take their medication without the feeling of being looked down upon and use their inhalers with confidence.

 

Mobile UX

Designed to help parents manage and administer their children’s health.

The proposed application tracks their breathing efficiency (tidal volume) with each use, remaining dosage, and offers a practice mode in case of any usage problems. Additionally, detailed curated reports can be exported within the application to be shared with doctors.

 

Mobile Exploration

We started off by listing down all of the features we wanted to implement and ranking them in terms of priority. We created many low-mid fidelity prototypes and tested them with other classmates while making adjustments accordingly. As a group we tackled on one flow individually and then came together nearing the end of the exploration process. This allowed us to diverge our ideas first without many restrictions and then converge.

 

Visual Design

For the visual design we wanted something that would be approachable to a younger audience. To fit those requirements, we decided on using a lighter tone of coral and blue as our two primary brand colours and the usage of BW Modelica as the typography of choice.


User Flows


Final Output

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Onboarding

Our application on-boarding process first goes through the pairing of the application and their Oble. Additionally, a profile set up is done. For first time users, this allows them to complete all the necessities right off the bat with an easy user experience.

Prototype Link

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Initial Walk-Through

Before any interaction, receive a quick walk-through of Oble's features. First time users will see pop-ups on each screen explaining the application feature.

Prototype Link

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Treatment Management

With detailed reports and you can compare weekly/monthly reporting through Oble’s application. Information such as number of times used can be crucial information in understanding symptoms.

Prototype Link

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Practice Mode

A practice mode in order to ensure that parents children are able to optimize their medication intake. This can also be used when parents notice a negative trend in symptoms.

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Marketing

To quickly explain our product to the world, we decided to create a promotional video as part of our project. As a team we created the script, found a voice actor, storyboarded, and the video animation.

 

Reflection & Takeaways

Oble was a massive success and won multiple awards within the Toronto design community. If we had the available time, we would have loved to user test our final iterations one more time to fully validate our product, both from the physical piece to the mobile application. Unfortunately our timeline got cut short, but there were many more design assets that we wanted to create such as proper packaging, marketing material, instruction manuals, and other iteration of our physical device.

The ambition for this project was exciting but also daunting. During this period our University was going through a 6 week strike, we could have not done any work and be completely okay. However, we knew that as a team we wanted to created an award worthy product, and that is exactly what we did. “Teamwork makes the dreamwork” was the absolute driver of this project.

Coming from all different backgrounds of expertise and skill, we were able to leverage each other’s strengths. I learned that working with others that specialize in different areas than you do is truly a blessing. As a team we were able to collaborate in a way that allowed us to elevate Oble much further than we had anticipated. The main takeaway of this project is definitely the power of working in a team setting where everyone has the same goal.

To be able to design a product that could help hundreds of thousands of users and to live up to the standard we wanted was incredible.

Future thoughts

If Oble were to become a real product, which it definitely could be, we would definitely incorporate an engineer and developer to our team. Being a team full of product designers, we definitely struggled understanding the possibilities of our product, an engineer and developer would definitely help with that lack knowledge and validate feasibility.

Assuming a version 1.0 of our product existed, our next steps would be to pilot test with users. Gathering feedback based on actual use would be a measurement of success in our books and re-iterating our product to suit the needs of our consumers. A constant re-iteration process and and development would be implemented.

The future of Oble is incredibly viable, if the timing allows for it, our team has already discussed pushing the idea of turning it into a proper business.