We were challenged to design an application that interacted with drones. After extensive research, we determined that drones had the potential to be used to relieve issues present within emergency medical services in Australia. Research illustrated key problem areas including response time, unavailability of equipment, resource inefficiency and inadequate societal first aid training. Working in a team of two, we produced a high fidelity prototype that addressed the problem space.
Our solution was to essentially create a flying virtual doctor. Using the application, a medical dispatcher can send a drone out, assess the emergency, provide location and visual information to the paramedics and instruct passer-by on assisting the patient. The drone is also equipped with vital equipment able to be used by civilians, with live instructions from the dispatcher.
The first stage of this project involved each group member individually creating wireframes around their interpretation of the solution. These wireframes were then both tested with users, using the think-aloud method. Following this, the wireframes were merged into a single solution given the user feedback. The single wireframe was again tested with users and developed using the rapid iterative testing and evaluation method. A heuristic analysis was then conducted on the solution before developing digital wireframes. A cognitive walkthrough was then conducted on the digital wireframes before iterating to a hotspot, InVision, prototype and a high fidelity prototype, created with proto-io. Further rapid iterative testing and evaluation was performed at each iteration.
Upon logging into the Medidrone app, users are directed to a dashboard screen. From there, the user can view a drone tracker, view records, or send a drone. Upon selecting to send a drone, the user enters a case number and then selects a nearby drone. The user is then directed to a new page while the drone is on route. When the drone arrives, the user can activate a number of features including, blood pressure test, torch, defibrillator, temperature test and check pulse.