Rytm is an ecosystem of 3 products that enable working professionals with hypertension to monitor their blood pressure at work, while engaging the support of their loved ones at home.
A team project with:
Kim Chow & Sherry Chen
Addressing The Stigma
Self monitoring of blood pressure involves taking measurements at home, when the body is at rest. While sufficient from a medical point of view, interviews with users revealed that it does little for them personally.
What they wanted was to get feedback on their blood pressure during moments of stress, which typically happens at work. However, the stigma associated with blood pressure monitors at work discourages them from doing that.
Rytm addresses this issue.
A Holistic System
Designed for working professionals, Rytm consists of 3 components:
- Blood Pressure Pen
- Smartphone App
- Analogue Data Display
1. Blood Pressure Pen
Replacing the Pressure Cuff
Rytm replaces the outdated 100-year old pressure cuff with a newer, more accurate non-invasive method that measures blood pressure through wrist contact.
Rytm's sensor strip consists of piezo-resistive fibres that measure blood pressure through skin contact, a technology developed by EMPA.
By concealing the blood pressure monitor in an everyday office object, the stigma associated the traditional arm cuff is removed.
Working professionals can now monitor their blood pressure without discrimination in the office, where stress is experienced the most.
The pen clip doubles as a privacy shield, allowing the user's blood pressure readings to remain discreet when used in a professional setting.
2. Smartphone App
Relatable Data + Actionable Steps
The Rytm app visualizes the user's blood pressure readings in an easy to understand graphic, telling them what their numbers mean and giving them feedback on optimizing their cardiovascular health.
Comprehensive blood pressure and stress readings are also automatically tracked so summaries can be sent to their physician through the app.
3. Analogue Data Display
Emotional support from
the people who matter most.
The analogue data display receives the readings from the user’s smartphone and twists according to their blood pressure readings.
This sculptural interpretation of data actively provides feedback to loved ones at home, allowing them to give emotional support when needed.