PreCure – Preventing injury and improving rehabilitation 

    Attrition, or reduced strength and weakness in the arm, and issues such as repetitive strain injury are becoming more common in this age of computers and smartphones. It’s been estimated by American researchers, that the socio-economic challenge of this type of injury is at the level of cancer. PreCure is working on developing wearables to help reduce attrition damage in humans. This is done by measuring  muscle activity and utilizing machine learning, so that the user can be notified of harmful activities.

    PreCure, although a relatively new company, is receiving tremendous support for their concept from organizations such as Innovation Fund Denmark, who granted them an InnoBooster, from Borean Innovation, a major Danish investment company and have been welcomed into the incubator, the Danish Tech Challenge at DTU.

    As part of IdemoLab’s work with Designing for Meaningfulness in Health Care, we have engaged with PreCure to help them explore the technology and value-based aspects of their smart product. This project has focused on sharing knowledge about design thinking including exploring how to conduct in-context user studies from a technology standpoint.

    Finn Bech Andersen, Co-Founder and Project Coordinator: “The idea and the angle of IdemoLab’s approach of design thinking with technology has been really useful.”

    PreCure’s elbow solution –

    User Studies

    The primary purpose of user studies is to generate an overview of the potential users of PreCure, and how they will interact with the product during use. This involves observing and interviewing them in the environment where PreCure will be used.

    In IdemoLab we focus on conducting user testing with hardware in-context with the aid of a functional prototype, so the user can get a better feel of how it would be to use the hardware, and be able to better get into the situation, without having to imagine too much. In addition, we include a person’s own experience with products that can be considered similar in nature. In this case, it might be something like a fitness tracker. This helps to generate specific input about what works and what doesn’t, which can help in conducting more iterations of the product in the early stages of its development.

    For PreCure, we helped them to look towards resources where they could learn more about user testing in context, such as the Human Centred Design Toolkit by IDEO. We did a state-of-the-art analysis of their product, indicating to them companies with similar products they might look to for inspiration and learnings. We also directed them towards academic research on nudging, helping them to bring this aspect of human behaviour into the design of their product.

    PreCure is currently (in 2018) conducting user testing, and you can join as a test person here:

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