Wearable Companion

  • British Healthcare Award British Healthcare Award

SCA worked with service provider buddi to help them soften the visual and interactive design of their personal alarm system for their second generation of products. Buddi's system aims to bring independence to the older and less-independent as well as increasing peace of mind to those who care for them. SCA's brief was to look at how the hardware in this system could better deliver those promises practically whilst visually becoming less inhibiting and more discreet.

We developed a clip, wristband and dock that fully incorporate the GPS, cellular and fall-detecting technology needed, and helped evolve the user interaction experience of all elements of the buddi system; the versatile clip can be worn or carried in all manner of ways and can be clipped easily to its dock whilst the wristband is universally wearable and long-lasting. Working with buddi's in-house team we also secured funding and support from the Design Council as part of their 'Living well with Dementia' initiative.