a Blood Pressure Monitor design for corporate environments
The intent of this project was to redesign a Blood Pressure Monitor focusing on portability and ease of use. Through intensive research, prototyping and testing, a product was developed that aimed to solve problems specific to general product use as well as context-focused issues.
This Blood Pressure Monitor will be targeted to adults age 25 and up in corporate environments. High blood pressure is a common health concern in fast-paced, corporate environments with limited emotional support. They deal with difficult clients and situations often and spend most of their time at work or commuting thus easy access to the monitor is required as well as fast, independent and relatively discreet use.
It must be portable and easy to carry, fit in a briefcase or small backpack, be easy to understand and use independently and lastly, carry an executive aesthetic.
ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE
Blood pressure is the pressure exerted on the walls of blood vessels from circulating blood. It is important to check blood pressure regularly because high blood pressure can have serious impact on your health. Having high blood pressure means that you are putting strain on your heart and arteries. This can result in a heart attack or a stroke.
In the research of Blood Pressure Monitors (BPMs) on the market today, we found numerous problems that no single existing design could remedy. Blood Pressure Monitors are products that should lead us to having healthier lifestyles including being more active and lowering levels of stress. Many BPMs can raise the stress levels of the user during testing, are not designed to be intuitive, and often are difficult to use alone.
HOW IT WORKS
VIVO improves the quickness and ease of use when putting the device on to measure your blood pressure. The product attaches to the users wrist instead of their bicep due to the popular use of long sleeve dress shirts and overall faster, easily accessible testing. To turn on the device, the user must simply take VIVO out of its dedicated charging case which will stop charging and wake the screen.
Visual prompts will then guide the user, showing with pictograms, how the cuff is opened and put on. The pressing inwards of buttons on the side of the module will spring open the rigid, curved cuff pieces and then retract and hold in place with the use of springs in the axles in the cuff. After the cuff is secured on the users wrist, the device can be rotated for the user to correctly read the visual instructions provided on the screen. These instructions guide the user and update them on what the cuff is doing. After testing, the results will be displayed and sent to the users mobile device and saved for reference. To take off the device, the user can use the buttons to open the cuff and then release them to put VIVO back in its charging case. Lastly, the material on the inside of the cuff is removable in order to add thicker padding to fit thinner wrists.
RESEARCH AND PROCESS
This document further discusses the ideation, target audience, research, materials and technical drawings