The latest smartphone app design projects, carried out by Professor Hwang Kim (Graduate School of Creative Design Engineering) and Professor Dooyoung Jung (Department of Bioimedical Engineering) at UNIST have been recognized for design excellence at the world-renowned International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) 2020.
The two award-winning mobile app designs are ‘PRIVY: Voiding Diary‘ and ‘SuLi: Sustainable Lifestyle‘. Both products have been awarded the prestigious IDEA 2020 awards in the category of Communication, respectively.
“We are extremely excited and honored to win this prestigious award,” noted the design team. “We hope to continue improving user convenience through various convergence design projects.”
IDEA, hosted annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) since 1980, is one of the most prestigious and influential design competitions in the world, along with iF (Germany) and Red dot (Germany). This year, due to COVID-19, the award ceremony took place virtually on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
■ Accelerating the Journey to Smart Healthcare with Smart Voiding Diary!
PRIVY is a diagnostic mobile application that assists people in quickly monitoring their urinary health via smartphones, without the need for urine specimen cups or test strips.
This has been jointly proposed by the SSID Design Lab and the Healthcare Lab at UNIST. The two groups consist of Professor Hwang Kim (Graduate School of Creative Design Engineering), Professor Dooyoung Jung (School of Design and Human Engineering), Dokyung Kim, Jiyoung Lee, and Hyojeong Jin. The team utilized the AI-enabled urinary monitoring technology from Soundable Health Inc. for designing their diagnostic mobile application, as well as providing UX and UI dashboard designs for medical professionals.
A voiding diary is a daily record of the patient’s bladder activity, which records the frequency and volume of voids, type of fluid intake, and other information, such as urgency, pain, incontinence episodes, and pad usage. While they are helpful as a pretherapy diagnostic tool, this also could cause considerable inconvenience to doctors as they have to make diagnoses and treatment plans based on the limited data that are often not representative.
The team came up with a solution that drastically improves the existing voiding diary system with AI-enabled technology that helps people monitor their urinary health by recording the sound of urine flow on smartphones. Unlike voiding diaries, PRIVY provides patients and health care providers with clinical-grade readings at the convenience of patients’ homes using only smartphones. Besides, its intuitive design allows patients to easily track and monitor their urine symptoms that often lead to chronic disorders. Through this patients can better understand their voiding patterns, thus assisting in an early diagnosis.
“Through numerous interviews with medical staff and patients, the difficulties in the treatment process were identified and work was undertaken to improve them,” says Professor Jung.
A design patent application for PRIVY has been filed and it can be downloaded through both the Google Play Store and iPhone App Store. It currently has nearly 2,000 active users, including over at least between 100 and 200 doctors.
■ Smart Application Presents A Sustainable Way of Life!
Another winner of the 2020 IDEA award in the Communication Concept category is the “SuLi: Sustainable Lifestyle“, a smartphone application design that helps consumers pursue a more sustainable lifestyle.
This has been designed by the SSID Design Lab at UNIST, which consists of Professor Hwang Kim (Graduate School of Creative Design Engineering), HyoJeong Jin, HyeMin Choi, NamCheol Heo, and JinBaek Lee.
With the increasing number of consumers pursuing a more sustainable lifestyle in recent years, the design team felt the urge to design a mobile application, capable of analyzing and visualizing each product’s sustainability.
The design team conducted interviews with sustainability specialists and entrepreneurs for creating indicators of sustainable development and improving the system. The team expressed special gratitude to all those who had supported them by thanking JiYeon Jung (Senior Consultant, MYSC), and Jeongbin Kim (CEO, SuperBin Co., Ltd.), Kyoung-ho Song (CEO, The Picker). “We would also like to thank Togzhan Kussainova, who came up with the idea in Product Design I class,” noted JinBaek Lee.
SuLi provides indicators for consumers to easily analyze product sustainability. With the help of this application, users can compare, analyze, and select each product through the use of its sustainability indicators. It also provides its users with Suri mileage points to encourage self-motivation. SuLi points are based on the accumulated contribution of users’ activity and consumption.
“Sustainability has been crossing boundaries in all areas of society, yet it is often unclear how to practice it,” says Professor Hwang. “SuLi helps consumers practice more sustainable living by providing them with the opportunity to intuitively understand and choose each product.”