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Design an alarm clock for elderly people
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Clarifying quetions:1) Is this for waking up or as an reminder 2) At home or in oldage home? 3) Physical or digital product?  4) Any business goal ?? User identification:  1)…See more

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 Problem Statement: Design an alarm clock for the elderly people?Question to interviewer: Why? Is there any short coming for the existing alarm clocks?Interviewer: You figure outQuestion to interviewer: D…See more

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Clarifying:

  • Can I eliminate those without accessibility needs?
  • Would 70+?
  • Would this be cost-effective vs. expensive?
  • Can I assume that this would be for elderly who are in urban areas?
  • Would this be physical or digital?
 
User: 70+
Design: Digital
 
Pain Points:
  • Battery / energy powered (forgot to plug / change)
  • Display is not visible (accessibility)
  • Alarm clocks are hard to repair (takes costs, effort, and time)
  • Generally, this may wake up caretakers, partners, families
* Mention of ageing population
 
Does that all make sense?
  • Tech-savvy
Features: Simple
  • Font size (easy to see)
  • Dynamic display
  • Help section (24-hour) e.g. chatbot, contact button
  • Sound vibrations, lights, adjust rings
Prioritization:
  • User delight
  • Life alert (telecommunication platforms)
  • Integrate with everyday apps
Risks:
Business:
  • Market Saturation
User:
  • May not know how to use a digital product
 
Go-to-market strategy:
  • Nursing homes and doctor partnership
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Objective: Design an alarm clock for elderly people

1) Asking questions:

What is the age of the target group? Assuming they say +70 years old.

Are they visually impared? I'll assume yes, but they were glasses.

Do they suffer from shaking? I'll assume yes.

Hearing problems? I'll also assume yes.

Should it be an app or a physical alarm? Assuming they say it is up to me.

2) So what can be this group pain points we need to solve.

They cannot see well, so we need to avoid small numbers/text.

They are used to old alarms, and they are not tech friendly. They want something easy to use.

Some of them have hearing problems so the sound should be higher for some users. However, They don't want to be scared by the alarm !

They normally want to set it up at the same time every day. They mainly use it for their pills rather than to wake up.

 

3) Now, let's think of how we could address these issues:

Since they find comfort in what they already know, it might be a good idea to develop an "old fashioned" alarm clock.  They are more familiar too with clock hands, but they are somehow a challenge to set up considering the locomotive hardships. Therefore, it could be a digital + old fashioned alarm clock  to be placed upon any surface (night stands, desk).

- It would signal with a light whether it is on (green) or off (red) so they clearly know .

- It will have big numbers, easy to change with physical buttons that will be easy to press. There will be an On and Off swich to turn it on.

- The sound will grow gradually. It will start lower and increase to a moderate - high sound.  Therefore, they won't be frightened by it if they are sleeping or doing something else. 

- It will contain a box designed to store the pills next to it. 

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