Mobile Oxygen Concentrator
The idea for neo2 was born after talking to young COPD patients who have a hard time to be independent and active despite their illness because their liquid oxygen tanks limit them. We wanted to design a device that does neither feel nor look like an inconvenient appendix but supports you with a great user experience and usability.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
neo2 is a small and light weight oxygen concentrator for people suffering from chronic lung disease like COPD and are in constant need of pure oxygen.
The device is powered by attachable batteries that can be charged inductively on the charging station.
The user carries his oxygen concentrator in the matching bag where additional batteries can be stored. To make sure the tubing doesn't get tangled, he can fix it in place on the shoulder strap.
The oxygen flow can easily be adjusted with the remote control that also shows the status of the batteries. Keeping track of oxygen needs and activities is made easy with the neo2 mobile app.
neo2 is a friendly companion for the chronically ill and helps to decrease stigmatisation. It integrates into the user's daily life and helps him to stay active and independent.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Neo2 is powered by attachable batteries. Simply charge them on the charging station and carry them with you in case your device runs out of power. The remote control can be clipped to the bag's shoulder strap and allows you to control the oxygen flow level. It also indicates the battery status. The flow level is also shown on the dvice itself. The neo2 app gives you additional information about your oxygen usage and activities.
The device itself sucks in, cleans and compresses surrounding air to deliver purified oxygen to the user.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was part of the industrial design program at University of Applied Sciences Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany in 2015.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Since the design is still a prototype, it was entirely build on a 3D-printer.
But it would be possible to manufacture all parts with tradiotional manufacturing methods.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: 175mm x 100 mm x 270 mm
health, oxygen, medical, medical device, student, product design
The research consisted of 3 steps:
1) Interviewing people who are in constant need of purified oxygen to learn about daily struggles, stigmatising and wishes.
2) "Being a patient" for one day and experiencing daily life trough their eyes.
3) Gathering insights and keyfindings into "How might we"- questions as a base for the design concepts.
The hardest part was finding a solution that matches the patient's wishes, provides great usability and also matches technical and manufacturing restrictions.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Michelle Gerullis and Li Shao
Julia Regnath, 2016.