Friendlies is a two part therapy toy that incorporates a customizable stuffed animal and smartphone app.
How can we use today's technology to create an interactive therapy tool for children?
Showed more than half of children in U.S. had smartphone by age 11
Survey responses indicated touch and scent were very important
Stuffed animals were the most comforting toy
Soft materials were the most desirable
Saturated colors were the most popular
The most favored shape was a rounded body with shorter limbs and longer ears
rise of smartphone use in children
rise of mental health awareness
touch and scent are very important.
little use of smell
lack of integration between tech and toys
customization is common
children responded to soft textures
children like bright colors
children like simple, rounded shapes
Jamie gets sent to the principal's office frequently. His teacher says he is disruptive in class and doesn't pay attention during lessons. Jamie often has meltdowns when he gets home from school. He likes to make up stories and act them out with his toys.
Lack of focus
Trouble following directions
Harper's parents are in the middle of a tough
divorce and she's been staying with her grandmother. Harper has been withdrawn and having angry outbursts. Her grandma tries talking to her without success. Harper spends most of her time drawing in her room.
Fewer disruptive behaviors
There are different choices for the eyes and mouth
There is one shirt that is drawn on and other with attachable shapes
The stuffed animal has a calming lavender scent
The stuffed animal has
The attachable tshirt shapes have different textures
The stuffed animal incorporates bright colors
The app allows the user to do therapy exercises
The app sends the results to the therapist to review