Dandelion Product DesignBlind

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Our new health monitoring system uses sound to track daily activities within the home, is proactive , and can use the information to promote health and wellness. After creating a personalized pattern of your life, the system monitors for when concerning disruptions occur (e.g., excessive coughing, reduced activity level), and provides targeted actions as suggestions (e.g., telehealth visit, yoga class) and other opportunities made available through third-party partners. We work with these 3rd parties to try to get services offered at a discount or even free.

The system is specifically designed to be discreet and can blend into everyday objects, such as electrical outlets, smoke detectors, and light switches so no one needs to know that the home is monitoring your wellbeing. The system is designed with privacy in mind and will never record raw audio like other popular smart speaker systems do. Two-way audio with our professionally trained call center is only activated during an emergency (unless opted into).

The system can be used by people of all ages, but is particularly well-suited for seniors who are aging at home and want a powerful monitoring and emergency response system without the need to carry a smart device or “call button” around the home.

We are looking for concept images to include in marketing, sales and fundraising collateral while we continue to develop the technology. Since we are using known hardware products as reference, and want to blend in, using existing products as references with minimal changes is desired.

Electrical outlets, smoke detectors, light switches, night lights, etc.

These every day devices need to be modified to demonstrate that they have extra sensors integrated into them. Microphone sound passthrough dots, small lenses for light detection, etc.

Then to show that these are branded products (defer to our branding guide), add a soft glowing, gentle, purple light.
Use existing reference products. Electrical outlets, smoke detectors, light switches, night lights, etc. The renders should look like intuitively modified products that already exists.

Discrete. We don't want to look like a medical product, or Life Alert bracelet, advertising people's frailty.

Sleek - Think Apple or Nest products.

Simplicity - None of the modifications should impact the underlying features. A light switch, still needs to work like a light switch, etc.

Color schemes that align to our branding guide (attached). The devices themselves should stay in neutral colors like white or beige, but we want to add a distinctive design element (or multiple) as seen in the branding guide. Dandelion logo or features, purple glow.
Don't Wants:
Big, Bulky, noticeable products where the design modifications distract from the underlying functionality.

Something that screams I am being monitored.

Product design that looks hard to operate.

Don't mimic branded IOT products. This shouldn't look like an Alexa device or exactly like a Nest product.
Company Logo:
  1. Any software that outputs a PNG is fine
Additional Information
The form factor should be familiar. Ensure the form factor is not blocking existing functionality of the form factor.

If showing something that is plugged into the wall as an example, ensure it is a US outlet.

Simplicity and sleekness is the most important element of this contest.


= Buyer's Rating
#19 atek_Dandelion Product Design_render_3 by atekd
Sep 5, 2021 18:46
#6 Concept Design by Jinen Sheth
Aug 28, 2021 14:39
#10 smoce detector conception by walxo
Aug 31, 2021 8:23
#7 Dandelion Products by leed61
Aug 28, 2021 21:48
#34 Health Monitor #3 by Design And More
Sep 21, 2021 8:44
#35 Health monitor #3 (adds) by Design And More
Sep 23, 2021 14:51
#27 Health Monitor Dandelion #2 by Design And More
Sep 9, 2021 21:40
#16 Dandelion Product Design_2 by atekd
Sep 4, 2021 10:11
#15 Dandelion Product Design MODIFIED MODEL1 by Hamed1
Sep 3, 2021 9:39
#12 smoce detector conception v02 by walxo
Sep 1, 2021 15:38
#11 Dandelion Product Design_1 by atekd
Sep 1, 2021 12:57


Mon, 06 Sep 2021 07:38:16 +0000
Hi, are you still accepting new designs ?
Sun, 29 Aug 2021 16:20:32 +0000
Wunang ya?
Fri, 27 Aug 2021 12:24:36 +0000
Could you specifically tell me your hardware preference?
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:12:02 +0000
Please give dimensions
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:11:42 +0000
It will be portable or a big machine?
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 06:52:22 +0000
Thanks for hosting these contest!



Thu, 26 Aug 2021 03:01:34 +0000
Can you plz give little more information, Size appox (L X B X H), how many buttons to be added, any port (USB, jack, etc). Need a led screen or led light. where the device will be install on the wall or ceiling.

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This issue can be fixed by placing beacons around the trolley, giving it a way of detecting the signal regardless of where it’s facing and if a certain receiver is blocked. 2.3.3 Bluetooth Looking back at section 2.3.1, another valid option is to use Bluetooth on its own as opposed to combining it with GPS. In this approach, the trolley would require a Bluetooth sensor on each side and one sensor in possession of the user. The trolley would use its two sensors to essentially triangulate onto the position of the user, using the difference in signal strength between the sensors to determine the rotation, much like ultrasonic sensors would. This approach has already been utilised in an existing commercial product with similar function to a varying degree of success. Many users of this product have experienced problems with the trolley not following them or the trolley bumping into their ankles. This could be a problem with the technology itself not being fit for purpose or it could simply be a bad execution. The one advantage that this approach has over ultrasonic sensors, is that Bluetooth has a much better range of up to 100 meters. 2.4 CONCLUSION After some extensive research, a few other potential tracking solutions were found, however, none of which were suitable for the purpose. In addition to that, a majority of the sources and similar projects that were found, favoured a combination of ultrasonic and infrared sensors thus suggesting that this is the most optimal solution at this time. A GPS system, especially with the Galileo global navigation satellite system reaching its full operational capability soon also sounds very positive. 3 USER DEVICE The user is required to have a simple device that allows a good degree of control over the trolley. 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This would allow for a good degree of choice between sensors that would collect relevant data as well as keeps the users hands free. This idea, however, was also dismissed when looking that it from a gameplay perspective. The device, although small and light, would swing with the movement of the user likely creating a distraction or getting in the way. 3.2.4 Pager Expanding upon previous ideas and taking in consideration the cons of each, a pager-like device provides a good middle ground under the aspects of functionality, usability and keeping a low profile. Such a device could be clipped onto the belt of the user from where the user would have easy access to the control features for the trolley as well as the ability to un-clip the device to view the screen. Granting all this, the device requires a lot of thought on the best way of collecting data that can be used in aiding the user. 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