Drop shows your glucose levels in light and colour to give you a friendly reminder 30 minutes before a plunge, giving you the chance to not experience it at all.
Accompanying you at your bedside or desk, and by keeping your loved ones around you in the know, you’ll always have Drop’s soothing support.
With a market saturated with hostile medical devices that tend to patients' physiological needs, we found a shocking scarcity in functional apparatus that care for one's psychological needs, too. Illnesses like diabetes can be extremely isolating and can often cause psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety. We came to find that existing devices to regulate patients' glucose levels often added to these feelings.
We developed Drop to bring together physical and "practical" needs such as monitoring glucose levels, being portable and having a reliable battery life, with emotional needs, such as being soothing, supportive, and celebratory rather than discreet. Drop was based on two main themes; communication and emotion. The former was manifested by the inclusion of a patient's family into their world, as well as by the ability to monitor a child or loved one remotely. The latter included embracing the illness in a poetic rather than hostile manner, and visualising one's internal state in a soothing, external object.
Drop intends on being only the first of its kind, with future iterations tending to individuals suffering from menstruation, hypoglygemia, insulin resistance, PCOS, and more.
After weeks of medical and market research, interviewing, sketching and modelling, the final renders were made using Solidworks and Keyshot.
Jou An Chen and Matteo Rapaglia at Parsons School of Design
Glass, electronics and LEDs