We designed a system to monitor and enhance children’s dental health for CHI design competition. We were selected into the final round and invited to Toronto to present the work.
Good oral hygiene habits are critical to preventing oral disease, which can be lifelong conditions and cause significant financial loss in families. However, our research revealed that in China, the efficacy of tooth-brushing remains to be improved:
To understand the root cause, we conducted user researches with kids and their parents.
While we were doing the research, we also collected a bunch of inspirations from:
As we started brainstorming solutions, we sketched our ideas to take down these ephemeral sparkles in our minds. Two directions quickly emerged: One is a parents' monitoring app, and the other is teaching toothbrushing with a game. We decided to explore both directions as neither is dispensable in solving the problem.
We explored the different types of games we might possibly design, and the idea of teaching toothbrushing with a tower defense game quickly stood out because it was almost a natural metaphore — the medical field is dividing teeth into regions, while tower defense games naturally have the concept of routes.
To test kids' understanding of the concept, we made a paper prototype for the game and tested with our users using Wizard of Oz method.
In the validation tests, we found that older kids (8 to 10 yo) understood the game better and made fewer mistakes than younger ones (6 to 7 yo). Thus we decided to enable adjusting the difficulty of the game according to children’s age.
We made a pdf prototype of the app and presented it to parents.
One thing we found was the parents were interested in learning the correct toothbrushing techniques. Thus we decided to show the regional toothbrushing data in the detail section instead of in a modal to fit in the gif of the technique.
Another finding was that parents have different habits of changing the bristle. So we decided to give users more freedom in customizing the notification.
Jiye Huang, Huaying Song, Runze Li, Jinxi Wu
I led in the user research in designing DAYA. I reviewed paper on research methods and oral hygiene education, conducted surveys and observation, synthesized research findings, participated in design reviews, and wrote the final paper submitted to CHI.