Sweetcycle is an app prototype which monitors blood sugar levels in type one Diabetics. The app connects with a sensor (Freestyle Libre) by scanning it on the upper arm. The app then displays the amount of sugar in the users blood via subcutaneous fluid. Type one diabetes is most commonly diagnosed at a young age (my target demographic being young adults)
Type one diabetes is a chronic auto-immune disease which affects 400,000 people in the U.K. The disease is not well-known due to falling under the umbrella term, Diabetes - often referring to Type 2. There is no cure for Type one however it can be treated through adminstering insulin and frequently checking blood sugars.
I chose this brief as my major project as I recognised trends towards virtual care. The NHS plans to provide a complete virtual service by 2030, however due to Covid-19 - it is evident a system like this is more crucial than ever. Type one requires intense monitoring by the user to avoid serious long and short term health conditions. It is crucial that anyone with a chronic auto-immune disease can access services whilst in isolation. Sweetcycle has challenged me as a designer due to the ethical responsibilities and personal aspect of the project.
See the process behind the project here: http://wattsgraphics.co.uk/blog/process-artefact-sweetcycle/