Core77, the popular design news site featured flō, Kaleidoscope’s tDCS wearable design concept, on their homepage earlier this month. The article “Kick Your Caffeine Habit With flō,” is an overview of the wearable project’s opportunities, solutions, insights and results.
How flō Works
Essentially, flō leverages trans-cranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to help people perk up at low energy times of the day. In other words, this concept helps provide attentiveness and mental focus.
Also, flō provides daily activity monitoring to identify trends and will alert users when they may want a non-caffeinated bump.
The Flow of flō
To create this wearable design concept, Kaleidoscope engaged our user-centered design process. This included conducting secondary and primary research; crafting a competitive analysis of the current wearable market; and creating design personas, consumer journey maps, design themes and design language. Next, Kaleidoscope facilitated brainstorming workshops, sketching, prototyping and concept refinement.
1. This case study is a concept and does not make any claims as to the effectiveness of tDCS technologies.
2. PBS News Hour: How a gentle electrical jolt can focus a sluggish mind: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/gentle-electrical-jolt-can-focus-sluggish-mind/
3. New Yorker: Electrified: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/06/electrified