Allergy Sensor / For Your Health
Design / Copy
One in every 13 Canadian suffers from a significant food allergy 1, which is about 2.5 million Canadians total. The top 8 allergens include: dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. The only protection available to allergy sufferers is complete avoidance of the food which is not always easy due to the high possibility of cross-contamination. In terms of differentiating food allergies from sensitivities and intolerances there is a fine line. Allergies directly affect a person’s immune system and people with food allergies should seek immediate medical attention because of potential life threatening results. While food sensitivities and intolerances generally do not occur immediately, they produce a gamut of uncomfortable symptoms as a result of the body not being able to process and digest a certain food.
Testing for allergies is expensive, time consuming and inaccurate. Allergy testing typically involves an oral food challenge, skin prick testing and IgE antibody blood work. While skin prick testing and IgE blood tests are most common, they have high false positive rates and are frequently misinterpreted.
"To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution." - Ivan Chermayeff.
Allergy Sensor is a state-of-the-art sensor providing you with safe, affordable and reliable testing to determine food sensitivities and allergies. The testing occurs by harnessing the power of electromagnetic waves through the contact of the sensor and the palm of your hand. Allergy Sensor: For Your Health.
After the test has been completed, the data will be sent to your smartphone for viewing there or on your computer. Once you have reviewed your data, create a personalized meal plan, tailored to your needs.
Allergy Sensor is both 2 inches in length and width, 0.5 inches thick and weighs 75g. Made with endurable and soft-to-touch polished Gorilla Glass, Allergy Sensor is crafted with finesse and durability to endure time and wear.
In creating the name for Allergy Sensor, I wanted to create something that was unique and simplistic. Because Allergy Sensor is a new and unfamiliar product, I felt the name should hint at the product’s function. The name Allergy Sensor is straightforward and informative without being intimidating or complicated.
Once the user has purchased the sensor and downloaded the Allergy Sensor app onto their smartphone, they can begin to use the app. Begin by learning about Allergy Sensor in the About section and discover how testing and allergy awareness can help.
1) About: Educates members about Canadian allergy statistics and the purpose of Allergy Sensor.
2) Test: Attach the Allergy Sensor to your smartphone and select the Test section where members learn of the 4-Step testing process and actually test for allergies with the user-friendly interface.
3) Create: Enables users to select any recipe where their allergies have been removed and replaced with the appropriate alternative, allowing safe and fun eating for everyone.
4) Account: Allows viewers to access personal data, test results and log meals to ensure they are following a safe and healthy diet while avoiding their allergies. If a user ingests something they are allergic to, the app will alert them so they can take future appropriate precautions.
OCAD University thesis project assisted by professor Frederick Burbach.