We were inspired by our personal experiences with anxiety and wanted to see what we could do to address it. We looked at similar health tracking products such as fitbits and life alert along with wellness apps. Through our research, we found that there was a gap in tracking mental illness in an app that was paired with a device readily available for consumer use. This is what led us to our final concept: c.a.r.e. (Communication Alert Response to Emotions).
What it does
Our product uses multiple stimuli to control anxiety unlike our competitors. The bracelet connects to the c.a.r.e app which prompts the user to control anxiety symptoms through contacting a personal psychologist or loved one, supplying coping mechanisms, providing daily affirmations, and giving personalized prompts. Loved ones are encouraged to download the c.a.r.e app and create personalized voice memos, messages, and upload photos and videos. The bracelet is developed with adafruit technology for sending soothing vibrations.
How we built it
We used multiple programs such as Procreate, Photoshop, MakeCode, Solidworks and Keyshot to aid us in designing the prototype and app. The technology that was used to create the app is the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express in the prototype to send the vibrations to the user and alert them that their blood pressure was high.
Challenges we ran into
While this year’s Hackathon was virtual, it didn’t pose as much of a challenge as we thought. However, it was difficult not having a computer science major in our group as we would have liked to have had the app coded. We also ran into trouble with learning how to code the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express. We were able to overcome those challenges by focusing on the most important things about our project, which was being able to show the wireframe for the app and an example of the code we did put together for the circuit playground in our powerpoint presentation.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud of tackling a big project like this with only three of us and being able to work seamlessly as a team. There were no issues with communication with each other, despite being 100% virtual. We also were able to stick to the time table that we gave ourselves by always meeting at the time we set with what we were supposed to accomplish by then. We all were able to bring different skill sets and ideas to the table that we were able to execute in time.
What we learned
We learned that there are a lot of components outside of just the product to think of when developing something. Like creating a business plan and the steps to taking our product to the market. We also realized that what we were creating could also be used to track high blood pressure, alleviate motion sickness, and other stress factors. There’s definitely a lot more on the business side than expected. We created roadmaps, user profiles, and competitive analyses which helped us refine our design.
What's next for c.a.r.e.
Our next step is getting it tested by potential users as well performing a clinical test. The goal is to have it be a certified product with proven research in order for us to make the claim that c.a.r.e reduces and helps to control anxiety. Endorsements from psychiatrists, patients and influencers would not only help us achieve that goal but begin to establish ourselves as a brand. After that, we would do more market research, development and physical prototyping to work out all of the product details and specifications we may find through trials and begin manufacturing the product on a larger scale.