Alex Saunders

Alex Saunders

Industrial Design and Technology BA

Little Big Dragon

Changing perceptions of childhood asthma

Little Big Dragon is a teeny-tiny dragon that needs your help! He may be small, but he wants to show all the other dragons just how scary he can be when he breathes fire. Sometimes he feels a little bit poorly and can't breathe fire very well and might need your help to feel better. Do you think that you can help Little Big to show those other dragons who is boss? Little Big Dragon is a companion (computer as social actor) that communicates emotions of sadness and helplessness (sickness) to notify the user that it needs help. The way that the user helps the companion is to use their inhaler; they are then rewarded when the companion displays emotions of happiness and joy (good health). This device aims to help the user to form good habits and change perceptions of childhood asthma.