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Giving Independence Back To Our Children
CONCEPT | DESIGN | UX | PRODUCT DEV
When I was 6 years old my mom used to let me go to the playground by myself. One day I ended up getting hit by a merry-go-round on the back of my head. I bled a lot, but I was too young to realize I should probably head home. I was wearing a red sweater, so my mom did not realize I got hurt until bath time when she saw my blood soaked white shirt.
I loved being trusted to do things on my own. It didn't mean that I would always make the right choice, but it meant that I got to learn about consequences and responsibility. The world has changed a lot since then and all of the parents fears have created a world in which our children don't get to learn that. It is this dilemma that inspired us to create Belay Band. A wearable utility that gives independence back to children while making sure parents stay in the know if something dangerous happens.
We created a companion utility app for the parents and caretakers. Click, tap or swipe to learn more.
Belay Band can be paired with your phone thru bluetooth. Assign names to each band to keep track of all of your children.
When the child is doing fine, only the status screen is available to the caretakers, helping children to keep their independence.
For ease of access the status is available through the Pull-Down Notification Center.
Expand the status to see wellbeing patterns. A spike during recess makes sense, but an unnusual pattern during Math class can be insightful.
Distress inside a pre-established safe zone results in low level notifications (text message).
Distress in a non-safe zone results in a high level notification. Phonecall, child's location and state, quickest route to and location of emergency services.
The school system offers "permission slips" validated thru the app. The teacher view shows the location of all of the children and all of the caretakers.
The parent has access to their child's and teachers location. Built in messaging in case of emergencies.
If you would like to see the full project, head here.