The aim for this project has been to develop an oxygen device that enables parents to treat their sick infant with medical oxygen at home. Throughout our research, we observed that the market is typically focusing on the oxygen needs of elderly, where infants are an overlooked user group. As a result, the only devices that infants are left with are old, bulky oxygen tanks that are heavy and dangerous to use.
Often, extra equipment needs to be added to make the treatment work which leads to a lack of mobility, confusion and frustration in parents. While talking to parents, one of my main insights was that they feel overwhelmed, insecure and stigmatised with the equipment. More and more devices are moving from the hospital to the home without adapting in functionality nor aesthetics to their new environment and users.
There is clear opportunity to create a new oxygen device that specifically addresses the needs of the infant and their parents. It should be an object that blends well into the home environment, is easy to use and does not stigmatise through its medical look in public.
Design: Philipp Süssmann