Huw WilliamsIndustrial Design and Technology BA
Combating feelings of isolation in teens with ME/CFS
Meo-morph is centred around young adults of 16-21 years who want to leave home and become independent, despite having ME/CFS. They have learned to live with their disease whilst growing up at home, meaning their parents have become an integral part of their coping mechanisms to combat their disease. When they leave home, the spatial and emotional isolation from their parents can be detrimental to their performance and health. This sometimes results in a need for parents to travel to give face-to-face support due to regression into more serious ME/CFS symptoms. The concept aims to remove the feelings of isolation by allowing subtle and emotional one-way communication from the parents to the sufferer. Parents can craft messages using sound, touch and light, which create unique and meaningful messaging experiences for the sufferer. These are experienced through the product's speakers and array of vibrating motors.