It’s Only a Model
Starting with what was readily available around the studio and what folks had brought in from home, we divided into three strike-teams—Story, Tech, and Build—and were able to rough out a scale-model hospital room in diorama form in which we could ask the voice-agent (Alexa in this case) to raise or lower the angle of the bed, turn the room lights on or off, or page a nurse.
As we worked, we continually revisited our core premise—the marriage of inclusive design and connected smart devices has the power to significantly improve the quality and efficiency of patient care—to maintain our focus on what capabilities this diorama would contain and what values it would highlight: a patient’s control over their comfort, quality of their care, and connection to their loved ones. We also identified opportunities for empowerment and efficiency with hospital staff, addressing the needs and pains of our understaffed and overworked nurses.
Relatively simple proofs of concept like this allow us to experiment with the potential impacts in both learning and working environments. It enables, like never before, a new learning paradigm for professionals in complex industries, restructures team dynamics, and allows for people to take a giant leap forward in their ability to learn, test, and innovate on ideas, with little to no physical barriers or limitations.