Hydra+ - Caroline Mackie
Studying Product Design Engineering has given me the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects all of which I have gained invaluable skills from. Getting the chance to explore various creative methods and work with a wide range of people has allowed me to tackle real life design challenges. I have loved my time studying product design engineering especially the people I have studied and worked with over the past 5 years. I hope to continue solving problems to improve the quality of life for others through design and innovation in the future.
Dehydration is currently a huge problem for both the NHS and individuals, with the issue currently costing £0.95bn per year. The number of people living alone with Dementia is rising and more needs to be done to monitor health and increase awareness of hydration in the home environment. The ability to monitor the body’s water levels means more can be done to prevent the resulting consequences, all of which could be extremely dangerous for the elderly.
Hydra+ has been designed to help tackle this problem by allowing the user to monitor their water levels throughout the day. The system comprises of a wristband and prompting speaker. The wristband tracks the user’s body water levels and the prompt displays and plays recorded messages, reminding the user to increase their fluid intake. The drop design interface acts as a hydration scale allowing carers to quickly assess the user’s current status. The corresponding app is linked with the wristband and allows carers and loved ones to monitor the user’s progress throughout the day. This provides reassurance for carers when they are not physically present and allows them to send further prompts when required.