Through our project we are dedicated to build an awareness movement together with a large network of partners that advocates for accessible and reliable fever diagnostics to every caregiver in the world. This challenge requires a multidisciplinary approach to address the various domains of fever: the medical, the socio-cultural, the political and the technical domain.
The design team faced several trade-offs including compatibility with unique local circumstances of diverse context, safety, maintenance, preformance and price, energy source, physical reliability, medical evidence and accuracy of measurements, diaply intuitiveness, local and international models of production and distribution.
Prototyping, experimentation and role playing are fundamental aspects of our methods. They allow us to not only design products but also to explore more intangible aspects of the 'fever ecosysyem'.
This is our first frugal thermometer prototype, the one idealized in Masindi, Uganda. It is battery powered (AAA) and it displays both numbers and colours related to the severity of the fever measurement.
Our second frugal thermometer was designed according to design principles of aesthetics and embodiment. This solution is hand-powered and the professional appearence of a medical device.
The Product-Service System
The third frugal thermometer is a provocative concept of a product-service system designed for mobile pharmacies and village health workers. The thermometer itself is simplified to the essentials of interaction: it has no display (the object changes color to indicate how severe the fever is). The numeric value is displayed in a diagnostic support tablet that is used for a complementary questionnaire and diagnostic algorithm.