AcuPoint, smart acupressure pen with an app

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.

Key Project Goal

Design a prototype with a visual system to test this idea, along with its usability and functionality.

My Role - product designer

  • Research competition
  • Define persona and user flow
  • Create wireframe, clickable prototype and high-fidelity prototype
  • Develop a design system

Tools

  • Design: Figma, ProtoPie, Illustration, After Effects

Achievement

Silver Award in Mobile App 2018, Non-Pro, Indigo Design Award

Final design

Find a treatment and relieve the pain

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.

Customize a treatment

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.

Relieve symptoms and review it

Make a treatment cycle for long-term symptoms and review the symptoms, treatments, and extra data through the analysis page.

Concept video

UX Design process

I followed the 5 steps of the UX design process, which includes empathizing, discovering,  ideation, prototyping, and testing.

Empathizing

Why do I want to do this project?

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.

Discovery

What are the other products in the market?

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.

  • Aculife: A hard device detects acupuncture points and treats symptoms with electromagnetic waves. The main weakness is the outdated interface and required extra instructions.
  • Acupressure For Women: An application helps users find acupressure points with videos and photos and message those points by hands or other tools.

They both have their strangeness and weakness part. My goal is to combine their profit functions.

What are the differences between my idea and other products?

What do other good apps inspire me?

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.

Who are my target audiences?

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.

Why does Alexis need an Acupoint device?

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.

How does Alexis use Acupoint to alleviate her headache?

Alexis wants to choose the headache symptom and finish the shortest treatment to see the benefit.

Ideation

How do users find a treatment?

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.

What is the structure of the application?

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.

Prototyping and testing

What are the functions on each page?

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.  

What do users think about the flow?

What do the pages change through the testing?

Symptom page

Treatment list page

Clickable Prototype

Physical Prototype

Visual Designing

How to keep consistency between pages?

How to present symptoms and acupressure points for users?

Conclusion

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.

Lessons Learned

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.