The Aerocrine Project

2011 Strategic Design

10-week term project in collaboration with Aerocrine

 

Millions of people worldwide suffer from inflammatory airways disorders, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition to the individual suffering, these diseases place a great burden on healthcare systems and generate enormous costs for society. Although inflammation underlies many of these conditions, until recently it has not been possible to take routine measurements of airway inflammation. 
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory process that leads to airway limitation and increased sensitivity to asthma triggers. Diseases and conditions related to inflammatory airways are believed to affect more than 300 million people worldwide. 60 millions of these can be found in the Western world, of which 22 million are in America, presently Aerocrine's biggest market, including more than six million children, and the majority is not receiving optimal treatment.

After an introduction to Aerocrine's and their competitors technology for asthma diagnostics by a representative from Aerocrine, a medical technology company based in Stockholm, the APD students initially worked in teams researching and collecting information about the users/ patents and the existing methods and equipment for asthma diagnostic available on the market today.
This research included meetings and interviews with members from the local Asthma and Allergy association, an experienced asthma nurse and the creation of a Facebook page addressing asthmatics worldwide.
As the next step, the students identified design opportunities for the development of new smart self-management concepts and services. Conceptual solutions that would enable better care and condition management and providing a higher quality of life for people suffering from inflammatory airways diseases.

External tutors:

Ulrika Ewerman, industrial designer at Ergonomidesign, Sweden

Lecturers:

Anders Smith, industrial designer with speciality of strategic design
Steen Mandsfelt, industrial designer with a speciality in patents 
Mia Westin, tutor in personal presentation techniques
Garth Paterson, introduction course to Rhino

Course responsible:

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme