Idea for an app

Postby AlexHermans » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:17 pm

Hello,

My name is Alex; I'm a student in Interactive Multimedia Design for the College in Mechelen, Belgium. I'm conceptualizing an idea I had that might intrest you all. I wanted to see what you would think.

Here's the pitch: what would you think if, in your office (where you would treat patients), you would have a lighting equipment installed that would change colour based on what patient you would be treating and what needs this patient would have. I'm thinking, for example: if you were treating a patient, with autism spectrum disorder, you would display other colours (softer, less vibrant ones) than if you were treating someone with depression (brighter, joyful colours).

This would all be controlled from an app on mobile devices/desktop. Later on, this lighting fixture could be coupled to audio (music and/or ambient sounds) and smells as well (imagine, sea air or fresh mowed lawn) , as both those help in soothing emotions.

The idea is that patients feel more comfortable this way; even in an environment that wouldn't otherwise feel as welcoming.

Based on what you have read thus far, what would you think of this idea? Would you support it? Are you against it?
Please give me ANYTHING you think off!

I hope to hear from you all very soon!
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:01 pm

Not every patient needs customized smells, audio, lighting. For the 5 to 10 percent of patients where you may want to adjust lighting or sound, there already exists reasonable methods for controlling these things.

I believe you would get a lot of false interest. Marketing would be a large part of the budget. People would say it is a good idea, but when it comes to actually spending money for a custom light, smell, audio system they would choose less expensive alternatives. It doesn't take much to turn on iTunes, turn down the lights and spray some lavender for the occasional patient.
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Postby AlexHermans » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:03 pm

Thank you, that's very helpful. Do you see a point in my idea where I can improve upon?
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:28 am

For a new idea to take off it is best to have a comparative advantage over current methods, be visible and where people can sample or try the product. For something like you are discussing you would want to build a model and then go on the trade show circuit.

Think surround sound in home studio systems. How are they sold? People don't make that kind of investment without being able to "test drive" the product. I would follow that business model.
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Postby AlexHermans » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:49 am

Alright, thank you very much!
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