Ontario’s Start-up of 2015, CloudDX, is submitting its platform, VITALITI, to the XPRIZE competition. As one of seven ﬁnalist teams and the only Canadian start-up in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, CloudDX sought our expertise to help redesign and test the VITALITI Tricorder for the ﬁnal stage of the competition. In particular, Healthcare Human Factors worked in collaboration with Cortex Design Inc to redesign the Tricorder’s earpiece, otoscope, and ECG wearable to improve performance and user experience.
Using heuristic analyses and a human-centered design processes our aim was to improve the Tricorder’s earpiece. The earpiece is full of sensors, measuring Sp02, heart rate, core body temperature, and aids in real-time blood pressure calculations. After an initial evaluation phase, dozens of design iterations, and multiple user-testing cycles the final product was an earpiece with substantially improved signal quality and a more comfortable ﬁt, critical for extended-use.
Hardware upgrades were also made to the otoscope to improve image quality, to the ECG wearable device to improve signal quality and reliability during movement, and to the earpiece to improve signal quality.
These modiﬁcations ensured better performance in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition and pushed the product toward potential future commercialization efforts.