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Onda: Data Portraits for Period Health

January-May 2018

Onda is a body-literacy toolkit that allows menstruating teenagers to chart and discover the patterns of their cycles by combining tactile and digital components.

Product

Menstrual calendar kit

Audience

Menstruating teenagers

NYU-ITP course

Thesis

CHALLENGE

Design a toolkit to help teenagers discover and appreciate both the beauty of their menstrual cycles and  the importance of understanding them; to address period stigma by framing menstrual cycles as mirrors of a fascinating interior reality

Role

Research and User Interviews, Conceptualization and Design,  Programming (Javascript in P5.js and Java in Processing), Prototyping & Illustration 

THESIS PRESENTATION

Presented on May 11th, 2018

Tools

Fabrication: 
Wood, hemp cord, slider chord locks, parachord, tassels.

Computer Vision: 
Programmed prototypes in P5.js and Processing

Graphics: 
Handrawn, Illustrator

HOW IT WORKS

The working prototype documented here has two main parts: a  physical interface and a digital interface. 

The tangible interface is a counter that resembles an abacus. Its sliding red beads allow the recording of users’ daily basal body temperature (BBT) within a range of 97–99 degrees Fahrenheit, including decimal points (More on why I chose this indicator in the “Further Reading” section).  

A mobile companion app will enable users to scan the counter and parse these images via a computer vision algorithm which detects each red bead (representing a temperature reading in a given cycle day) and saves it as a data point within the current cycle.  

The app also generates an alternative circular data visualization of a cycle day by day. Users may also input other period-related phenomena (mood swings etc.,) that may reveal unique patterns. Finally, the app creates an archive—a data diary—of users’ information to track privately or share.

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Special thanks to

The girls that charted their temps for a month and the ones I interviewed; Nancy Hechinger (thesis advisor) and Davíd Lockard and Michelle Hessel (reearch residents);Peter Longofono and sejo-vega cebrián, 

USER JOURNEY

CYCLE DATA PORTRAITS

I explored different visualizations using my own temperature readings–taken from Dec. 29–Apr. 27. In mature cycles with an ovulatory interlude, there is a consistent number of low temperatures before ovulation preceded by a consisten number of high temperatures after ovulation. 

DETAILS OF PHYSICAL INTERFACE

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SNAPSHOTS OF DIGITAL PROOF OF CONCEPT

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Pilar Gómez Ruiz  2018

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