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Brett Allcorn

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008


  • Fitness & The Elderly

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    My mission is to help older adults improve their health by providing an inexpensive, easy-to-use system that helps them set and keep track of fitness goals.

    By Brett Allcorn

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  • Competitor Comparison

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    So far I have expanded my competitor comparison to two new products. Here are all my competitors:

    1) Nike + iPod running assistant helps you keep track of your exercise and compare it with other people

    2) FitBit - extremely similar to above, but you don't need an ipod. Its streamlined but more expensive

    3) Polar GPS watches. These watches keep track of your distance through GPS. They are extremely popular for runners and cyclists because of how accurate they are.

    4) Telemonitoring. This was my original competition. Because I feel my product is still involved with healthcare its important that I keep this product as part of my competition, although I feel it is the least relevant compared to the others.

  • Making a Working Model

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    So far my design integrates a circuit board, graphic display module (a screen), and a button input.

    After meeting with Dave Carroll from CDT, he suggested that I check out Parallax.com with features easy to program circuit boards that can control my screen, light out LEDs, and take input from buttons. The circuit board is designed for student learning and I know some C++ so I'm willing to investigate whether I can do it myself or not. There are also people you can hire to do it for you, so I'd be open to that as well. My decision depends mostly on time and my skill level.

    I'm meeting with a professor who teaches physical computer on Tuesday to discuss the project further.

  • User Testing

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    I will be going into an OATSNY class, before or after, to do user testing. I am looking to get 4 individuals, 2 male and 2 female, to test a physical prototype for readability, visual comprehension, ergonomics, and intuition of design.

    I want to make sure...

    1) Everything is clearly legible 2) The device is not intimidating and is easy to figure out how to use, even without a manual (since I can always add a manual in later) 3) I want to make sure the product is physically easy to hold and use

    While I'm doing this user testing to see how well this product meshes with the user's physical sense I will also be getting feedback on whether this product is something they would actually use, I'll ask about their interest in health and how important it is to them, how much they exercise, and if they keep track of that exercise in any way.

  • Healthcare Comparisons

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    My project is now more focused on general health, physical fitness, diet, exercise, and fat loss. It is simple and prevention-focused.

    Tele-healthcare was the market from which this idea stemmed. Tele-healthcare is focused on recovered patients or patients who have serious health problems and need frequent or constant monitoring by a remote party.

    My project also incorporates a heart rate monitor, scale, and body fat monitor. These products are all great, but making them interconnected and intercommunicating really improves the usefulness of each of these objects. Comparing heart rate information with weight and body automatically through a computer system gives the user insightful information about their progress, or lack their of.

    There is a final product named Fitbit, so far unreleased (they claim early 2009) which tracks your calories and distance over the day. Its small, automatic, and painlessly easy to use. The device connects to your computer and you can view information on your activity and compare it with other users.

    My product is focuses on working independently of a computer. Also, to save money, there is no telecommunication aspect; the information is not sent to anyone else besides the user. The focus is cheap, simple, and easy.

    Seniors said in one marketing report I read that $50 would be the most they are willing to spend on new technology. Thats fairly low. The Fitbit is priced at $100.

    So far, taking a brief look at the market a heart rate monitor ($...

  • My Critique Results

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    The design critique has been immensely helpful in terms of getting me on the right path. Many of the people I talked with have great feedback. They loved the simplicity of my project, my goals I set to achieve, and have specific I was with my topic. However, overwhelming complaints came with the lack of labels for the icons located on the top, right of the product. There were also three major suggestions for where to take my project next. It was suggested that I focus specifically on making a very easy to use router, it was also suggested that I apply my design philosophy for the elderly to other technological products, and thirdly it was proposed that I develop other products to work with the router. I am most in favor of making products that work with the router, and more specifically medical products. My project currently attempts to cover a range of issues, but the medical issue seems vastly more important that the others. Because my project relies heavily on being an anchor in the remote monitoring healthcare industry it is absolutely essential that I gain a good understand of this industry, how it works, how remote monitoring it setup, and what remote monitoring capabilities there currently are or may be available in the near future. Most importantly I need to see if there is even a place for my product in that industry. They may have already solved the problem I propose to correct, in which case I will steer myself more towards communication and entertainment.

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  • Lesson Plan: Brett Allcorn

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Background My senior thesis project is directed at making wireless internet easier to setup and use for the elderly. The benefits of internet use by the elderly are tremendous, and wireless networks are becoming widely important in health care. Imagine in the near future that home care monitoring devices monitor patients for a fraction of the cost of a live-in aid. These devices will all be wireless and will transmit data about the patient to the hospital. Wireless internet can also provide phone, music, and television services to older people.

    Research Objectives

    1. Explore all way in which the elderly benefit from internet use
    2. Explore healthcare issues the elderly most commonly face
    3. Identify ways in which wireless internet could benefit the well being and lifestyle of the elderly using the findings from above and any additional findings
    4. Define successful ways, using specific examples of products, in which the elderly successfully use technology already, and find common design techniques that work well for the elderly.

    Design Objectives

    1. Using the research above, brainstorm ideas that solve identified problems. At the same time, try to integrate successful precedents from the past
    2. Identify the top three solutions

    Resources -Market Research – Wireless in healthcare 2008 -Kxi Long Term Care Report -Market Research – Mature Market 2008

    Vocabulary -Wireless Router – Converts regular internet into wireless internet -WLAN – Wide Local Area Network is the short term for t...

  • NFP Summary: Brett Allcorn

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Part 1: My main NFP, OATSNY, will continue to answer questions I have about the elderly using technology and will continue to provide an ethnographic opportunity for me to watch the elderly interact with computers and the internet. My goal by this week (11/3) is to have finished my ethnographic research and interviewed 3+ users. To further support my research I intend to contact SeniorNet, the NYC Dept. of Older Adults, and the AARP this week in attempt to get further guidance, statistics, and other information about the elderly and technology. That will wrap up my research for the elderly and I have compiled my existing research into a mind map so I will add my new findings to that and consider other ways to map this information. I also intend to contact tech schools at Columbia, NYU, and CUNY this will (11/3) about the possibility of me meeting with someone to discuss the inner workings of wireless networks and routers. Hopefully I can schedule a phone conversation or meeting with these new NFPs I’ve been exploring sometime next week (11/10).

    Part 2: I would like to aim my charrette at OATSNY contact Rachel for now, and anyone else willing to participate. I aim for my charrette to take play the weekend of the 15th, although it make have to take place the following week. I would like to quickly catch my contact up to speed with my research, conclusions, and existing products. I’d like to provide her with a simplified mind map that states only the most important is...

  • Survey Results: Brett Allcorn

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    Finding of note are that everyone had used a wireless network, almost no one had setup a wireless network themselves, and everyone had at some point had trouble with a wireless network.

    3/4 had not set up a wireless network 3/4 had used public wireless

    These two questions had the exact opposite responses, so I thought there might be some correlation. At the very least using public wireless is more compelling for these four people and setting up their wireless network themselves. Perhaps it is also easier. It may be worth considering the ones who have not bothered to set up wireless prefer to use public internet instead, or perhaps they use public internet because wireless seems too hard to set up or they are unaware of its existence. There can't be a direct correlation made but the relation is interesting to consider.

  • Design Brief: Brett Allcorn

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Mission Statement: To make home wireless network setup and use easier for the average user, with special focus on older adults (ages 55+).

    Key Findings: In the 45-54 age group only %20.22 are not on the internet, however in the 55+ age group that percentage shoots up to 44.14%. That leaves 50.1% of older adults using the internet, or 21,824,000 in the United States alone. Through interviews of my non-profits OATSNYC & SeniorNet, and computer users 55+ their motivation for using or learning to use the internet are as follows: Health benefits, social activities, word processing, email, online shopping, keeping financial records, banking, stocks, and news. Senior citizens also suffer from depression and many cannot get out of the house. The internet would provide a world of interaction, socialization, and information to their doorstep. While internet use a huge component of home wireless networks there are also 10 different home-consumer product types that benefit from or require a wireless network to function. Examples of these products are wireless prints, VOIP phones, media and audio servers. The future of such devices is extremely bright and is tightly tied to the 55+ age group. Security systems, “smart home” technologies, and assisted living technologies are expected to soar according Author Anderson Research. Senior citizens often require expensive human living assistance and monitoring, but it is the goal to have this information transmitted wireless over a home netw...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design