MediPals: Medicine made fun. Product Design Development - Co-founder: Austin Muñoz - Startup Weekend by Google for Entrepreneurs (2014 - 2015)
MediPals is the solution to children’s fear of medical devices. According to a statistic collected from the Children’s National Imaging Center, painting MRI machines with various cartoon themes reduced the necessary use of sedatives on children from 80% to under 1%. Following this model, our team focused on creating a minimum viable product during the Startup Weekend competition in New Haven, Connecticut. For young children with Type-I Diabetes, using lancet devices to draw blood is a traumatizing experience. As the product designer, I fabricated an enclosure which adjusts to fit a range of brands and sizes of these devices that simultaneously appeal to children. Along with the character design, my team developed the idea for a story book series which would educate and help these children cope with their Diabetes.
Following the competition, I worked with co-founder and marketing partner, Austin Muñoz, to design a working prototype after receiving great interest regarding the concept during a survey. Using the penguin character for MediPals that was created by our graphic designer during the competition, I modelled and 3D printed the enclosures for testing by parents in a childhood Diabetes community.
Competition Team (from left) Junpei Okai, Nicholas Caplan, Tony Dalton, Austin Muñoz, (not pictured) Rebecca Sylvers, Mohan Yin