This project was a multi-faceted speculative design project based on expensive research into the use of isoform proteins extracted from the Psuedomyrmex triplarinus, or commonly known as the Tree Ant. The project began with an infographic on the ant, it's reproductive cycle, the isoform proteins called Myrmexin and their potential use, and demographic most likely to benefit from this use. The project ultimately culminated into a medical app to assist in the treatment and monitoring of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The app is called the Myrmexi-Monitor, it helps to treat and monitor Rheumatoid Arthritis with the aid of a wearable device embedded with sensors. There is a need for frequent monitoring with Rheumatoid Arthritis and an app paired with wearable technology embedded with sensors easily facilitates that need.
Braces are commonly used to help alleviate stress on the joints and allow for them to heal, with a few additions it can communicate data to the app via Bluetooth as well as administering medication via technology similar to insulin pumps. Navigation and usability of the application interface was a concern, it was very important that any movement to navigate the app would be minimal to reduce stress on the joints. Most all navigation is done through swipes and minimal touch inputs.
Ultimately the app will allow not only patients to better understand their disease but the information the app logs will also help doctors to provide optimized and personalized health care.