AcuPoint is an acupressure pen pair with an application. When you have pain or are uncomfortable, you relieve symptoms by yourself with AcuPoint Pen and the application. You can find all the acupressure points on your bodies through AR technology and have therapies with the pen.
Design a prototype with a visual system to test this idea, along with its usability and functionality.
Silver Award in Mobile App 2018, Non-Pro, Indigo Design Award
Pick the best fit treatment with detailed acupressure points highlight. Follow the instructed image and AR circles to touch the correct acupressure with the pen. Enjoy the treatment to relieve the symptom.
Edit an existing treatment to build a unique one by rearranging the order of acupressure points, modifying the treatment time, and adding or deleting points.
Make a treatment cycle for long-term symptoms and review the symptoms, treatments, and extra data through the analysis page.
I followed the 5 steps of the UX design process, which includes empathizing, discovering, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
Over 80% of people suffer from headaches or pain problems. In other words, there are over 100 million American women who suffered from headaches from last year. They get OTC remedies by themself. What kind of alternative treatment can boost the immune system and alleviate symptoms instead of pills?
With personal interests and experience, I decided to focus on acupressure, traditional Chinese medicine.
To understand more about current acupressure device, I researched the market and I found two types of acupressure solutions: one is with a hard device, such as Aculife. the other one is a digital application, like acupressure for women.
They both have their strangeness and weakness part. My goal is to combine their profit functions.
To design an application for acupressure treatment, I searched for other fitness and health applications to understand the structures, user flows, and functions. I also inspired by how they visualize the human body for the treatment guide.
Before I chose my target audiences, I did an online survey to understand more about my potential clients. As a result, women are more willing to try new acupressure products.
As a result of my research, I chose 25 to 45-year-old women with some short-term symptoms as my primary users. And my secondary users are middle-aged women with some chronic illnesses.
I had interviewed some of my target audience to put myself in their shoes.
Alexis, a competitive and stressed graduate student. She wants to relieve her headache problem without pills, and she doesn’t want to spend too much time trying to alleviate her symptoms.
Alexis wants to choose the headache symptom and finish the shortest treatment to see the benefit.
I used the open & close card sorting to test my user flow steps with the users. Therefore, I can know more about how they think about the treatment process.
Beyond the primary flow, I wanted to consider this application as a whole project, so I could also pay some of my attention to other useful functions together, which includes saved list, analysis system, and more.
I followed the user flow and site map as a guideline to design a paper prototype because a prototype is worth 1000 meetings. with the paper prototype, I could test the flow visually with my potential users.
Based on the user's feedback, I ideated the prototype.
AcuPoint is a creative and exciting product focused on the female market. With the AR acupressure system, as well as useful search and record functions, women can improve their self-curative abilities, alleviate their pain, and become healthy. AcuPoint points the way to a healthy life.
During this project, I learned a lot of things, including user testing, problem-solving, design decision making, creating non-fiction illustrations and building a design system. Thanks to all participant support and valuable feedback, I was able to finish this perfect project.