So I have already showed you my Twinkle-B project here which was basically a Kickstarter. I am now thinking to expand the idea, but make it more portable and adaptable.
Obviously, a child will not want to carry around a toy that has lots of wires and components to it. Not only is it unsafe, but it is also very fragile and not aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I know if I were a kid again, it would not appeal to me! I also have to be aware that it needs to be robust- Some children on the spectrum may have meltdowns or can be a unaware that they are being too rough with something. (I know this from my brothers and the work I’ve done with kids on the spectrum) So, although the teddy’s material was appropriate in terms of it being soft, it’s components made it an easy target for breakages.
I have done a bit of research, and it seems there are a few devices that also detect anxiety in kids on the spectrum using wearables. It’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself. However, some of the stuff that is out there isn’t really interactive in the sense that the child only wears the object but does not or cannot communicate with it. it is for the sole purpose of an adult to detect changes on their phone, like the ‘reveal’ does.
I want to make a assistive technology device that both informs the adult, while allowing the child to understand (using visuals) how they feel, helping with social interactions and cognitive reasoning.
So I’ve been looking at something that can be portable and more robust in order to communicate with the child, and so far I’ve found this:
Yes, it’s expensive, and I’m still looking around for cheaper options, but so far, it has all the things I would and could use for a awesome wearable that can detect anxiety in a child. I would of course have to adapt the belt to make it look more child friendly and attractive, but the idea of using the belt to communicate with the bear or another toy would be awesome. I could possibly make the parent or adult communicate with the child or be able to access the data from the belt.
I’m not sure yet, but we will see…