Parasol aims to give users accurate and detailed information to prevent further skin damage. It includes an attachable UV filter for smartphones that lets users identify UV exposure on specific areas of their body. The data collected by the attachable device can be synced and stored on a mobile application.
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Skin cancer is the most common and most easily preventable form of cancer among American adults. UV exposure has been linked to premature skin aging, skin damage, and skin cancer. How can we create a personal product that will quantify and track UV exposure to minimize the risk of skin disease and damage?
To conduct our research, we used a survey, literature review, and competitive analysis to provide background information and answer specific research questions .
|Literature Review||What is the relationship between UV index, UV exposure, and skin cancer?|
|Survey||Who is concerned about UV exposure? Under what conditions are people concerned about UV exposure?|
|Competitive Assessment||What kinds of products are already on the market? What sort of new technologies we may be able to utilize when creating our own product?|
We started out by brain storming as many ideas as possible. We grouped these into six clusters, and threw out the ideas that weren't technologically feasible or did not meet the design requirements based on our research.
We made more detailed sketches of the six main concepts. In order to narrow it down to the final concept, we evaluated each design's potential advantages and disadvantages and chose the design that proved to be the most portable and most easily adoptable.
The UV-scan is an attachable device that can determine the UV-index with a quick scan of the user’s skin. This device can be attached to any smartphone device. Users will be able to operate it through an application on their smartphone. Once the device is paired with their phone, they simply need to point and scan their skin to immediately detect the amount of UV exposure. Then, users will receive detailed information about their UV exposure on their device along with suggestions in case of skin damage. Users will be able to access monthly/weekly reports based on the data recorded by the device such as, date, time, location, UV-index, and average amount of UV-exposure.
The scanner is incorporated into the user’s mobile device by using a camera filter and mobile app, because information from our surveys suggested that users’ concerns about UV exposure were specific to particular locations or activities. The goal was to increase portability by incorporating the scanner into technology the user already be carries with them. Moreover, the filter itself can be attached to a keychain or other accessory.
From our competitive assessment, we found that most UV-tracking apps are simply glorified timers that remind the user when to reapply sunscreen. By creating a personalized application that tracks habits and changes over time, the user and their health care provider can get a better sense of how their skin is changing over time.
By tracking personal information such as habits and skin type, the application can better assess how much time you should be spending in the sun, how often you should reapply sunscreen, and what types of habits you should be encouraging (wear higher SPF, wear a hat, etc)
We mapped out the architecture of the mobile app before building a prototype using Balsamiq.
We performed a usability test using our Balsamiq prototype to quickly identify problem areas in the user flow or information architecture of the application. We performed 4 testing sessions with different participants. Each session was conducted individually and video-recorded. We asked each participate to complete four tasks using think-aloud protocol and recorded their answers.
Each task conveys crucial areas in relation to what kind of information they need to access to after scan their skin in order to get a better understanding of their current UV exposure.
We included a case with the lens in order to prevent scratches and attached it to a keychain to make it easily portable your keys and phone.
This would also allow the user to attach it to either primary or front-facing camera and accomodate different models of smartphone cameras.
In order to provide user a more customized measurement of their skin, we ask them to add tags when taking a pictures such as clothes they wearing, activities they doing and SPF type they applying. By collecting these data, we can calculate the different vulnerability under different situations. Moreover, tagging system can also provide users a chance to trace back to their activities later on.
The icons for selecting the templates are located at the top bar menu. The highlighted icon indicates which template they are using to scan their skin.Using template allows the app to make comparisons of specific skin areas.
Users will be able to switch between the front and rear cameras so they can capture images of their face or other area of their body.
Users can access their UV-tracking history based on both time and geographic location. By looking through and comparing their past UV exposure records and pictures, user can get an intuitive and overall understanding of what they did in the past and how they could better manage their skin.
This is an way for users to upload and compare UV exposure history from existing photos.