Yale Healthcare Hackathon
I was selected to participate in Yale's Healthcare Hackathon in January 2018.
I found this to be an irresistible opportunity to collaborate with new faces and flex new/old skills to create a solution within 24 hours!
Our team designed a retina scanner for everyday use in a home setting.
++ We won the Roivant Prize!
Health Monitoring Trends
As the trend for a healthy lifestyle grows, health monitoring devices are becoming more and more popular. This can be seen as the increasing number of products available in market that track everything from heart rate to sleep quality. People are becoming more and more aware of their own health and changes in their body, while finding ways to live more efficiently through information relayed in the trackers.
Why the Retina?
The retina contains blood vessels and nerves, and is the only part of the central nervous system that can be examined in a non-invasive manner. A clear view of the retina contains tremendous amounts of potential data, including the state of cardiovascular health, endocrine health, metabolic health, and eye health.
We started by having identifying possible challenges and ways of addressing our problems.
Who : People who worry about their health / What : Retinal imaging device / When : At home. / Where : Daily, regularly.
/ Why : More efficient way to test for multiple things in a very non-invasive manner.
Using materials available at the hackathon, we put together some form models. For the camera to successfully capture a clear retina scan, the pupils needed to be dilated. This can be achieved at home if the entire eye is cupped in complete darkness. A stronger dilation can be achieved if the other eye is covered in complete darkness as well.
We tested various forms and where the device would live: wall or table? We chose these initial places because the device needed to live on a stable surface in order to minimize angling issues. It worked best on the table; though there was some initial adjustment in bending down, this was the most convenient solution as opposed to the wall which would require installation
By thinking of about the users and their interactions with health professionals, we aimed to design a simple interface that could easily archive and be just as easily navigated.
Finalising the Form
We continued to sketch out silhouettes of possible forms; we wanted a sleek, simple and clean shape.
We also added a slight angle which would help users position themselves easier. The angle allows the users to shift to meet the device at much more comfortable angle over being right on top of the device.