Jonathan KempIndustrial Design & Technology BA
Within the UK, dehydration alone is a leading factor in mortality and morbidity amongst older adults, costing the NHS an estimated £0.95 billion annually. As you age, diminishing thirst sensations, forgetfulness and a loss of body water content, alongside environmental factors such as changes in air temperature, can leave you vulnerable to dehydration and the potentially fatal health implications associated with it. Glug, the smart water bottle, aims to overcome this complication by educating its user with the correct recommended daily water intake, offering gentle reminders to drink throughout the day. Its inbuilt technology measures the outside temperature and lights up the correct number of bottles to drink for that given climate, acting as a platform to keep track of how much fluid has been consumed throughout any given day. The project aimed to overcome the stigma associated with products designed specially for an older audience, utilising human centred design tools to unearth the users' spoken and unspoken needs in order to improve overall user experience and product adoption.