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MIME

IOT plant device designed to monitor and mimic the healthy habits targeted for your body

Brief
The future of IOT.
How will the Internet of things emerge?

Solution
Mime (MEE-mee) is an IOT plant device designed to monitor and mimic the healthy habits targeted for your body. Based on how the user treats their body through physical activities, Mime recommends the necessary amount of nutrient supply to the plant for the next day.

 
 
 
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Problem Space
With the increased number of electronic gadgets addressing the physical activities there is also an overwhelming reaction by the users. Users tend to ignore the data produced by the devices over a period of time due to lack of inspiration and accountability. As a consequence, the user’s emotional behavior is impacted which in turn affects their relationships. This intrigued the idea of connecting technology and users emotions to help users to feel good and continue with fitness.

 

Challenge
Developing a tangible interaction design without losing the emotions and delivering constant inspiration and accountability became the center of the challenge. Every aspect of the design including form, interaction, and feedback should connect to the user empathetically and constantly provide motivation to reach the physical activity goals.

 
 
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How it works?

Mime app analyses three simple human activities, “move, exercise, and stand” - tracked by most of the available activity trackers to further simplify and deliver emotional feedback to the user.

Based on how the user treats their body, Mime recommends the necessary amount of nutrient supply to the plant for the next day.

The plant is chosen to represent human emotions and their fitness routine. The plant will starve or be fed based on the user’s behavior. Since the plant is located in the user’s proximity, user cannot ignore the sight and therefore forced to be empathetic. Plant’s progress drives user behavior and vice versa. This will be a technological breakthrough for those who chose to be healthy but looking for a tangible motivation.

 
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During the day, the Mime app monitors the human activities and evaluates the metrics correlation to plants’ next day nutrient supply requirements. It will tell you how you are doing on the three metrics.

If you are falling behind with any particular metric, then it will provide an empathetic, and haptic alert to keep you on track with your goals so that the Mime plant will be fed sufficiently.

 
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Hi-Fi screen flow

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Mime adopts Hydroponic System particularly Ebb and Flow Hydroponic method to grow indoors. It functions by flooding and draining the root container on set intervals providing oxygen to the roots, thus eliminating the use of an air pump. The reservoir houses the nutrient-rich solution (replacement to water in outside plant growing system) along with a water pump. The electronic timer monitors and regulates the supply of the solution at regular intervals of time, based on the activity performed by the user on the previous day.

 
 
 
 

Mime Ecosystem

Mime enables humans to connect and embrace relationships. Additionally, the app is designed to keep family and friends informed as appropriate. This will be very useful to motivate the user and help address the health issues through empathy.

The app is further capable of connecting and feeding information to the user’s health insurance provider for further actions on the user. For instance, it can be utilized by the Insurance providers to motivate the users and reward based on the activities and expectations.

This design impacts the social-economical system. The information can be used for research purposes to develop better health programs and also preventive measures to address potential health challenges due to unhealthy habits. As we know, member’s healthy lifestyle means less burden on the health service providers. Members’ health governs the cost of the system which will trickle down to members. Overall, this can make one happy community.

 
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Behind the design

 
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“My coach always encourages and motivates me to challenge myself

Age 17 - 23

 

“Staying fit and not being fat matters in a relationship.”

Age 24 - 29

 

“I am trying to get back to working out since a year, but I don’t have the right inspiration.”

Age 30 - 37

 
 
 
 
 
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The overall process intrigued the idea of connecting technology and users emotions to help users to feel good and continue with fitness.

 
 
 
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