Young, high-risk women who would benefit from self breast-exam are reportedly unsure about how to properly perform a self breast-exam and what to look for. In fact, there is a lot of competing evidence about performing regular self breast-examination.
Over 40% of breast abnormalities are found by women at home, and the number of women detecting abnormalities via self breast-examination has been reported to be as high as 25%.
Between information overload, anxiety of finding something irregular, and inconsistency of monitoring breast health, women would rather avoid performing a test than to navigate the challenges of the process.
It’s clear that self breast-examination can help women be more in tune with their breasts so they know what to look for when monitoring their breast health.
We need a simple way for women to perform self breast-examinations regularly.
Wondering what to look for? Is that a lump? Is it just breast tissue? What’s that weird red spot? Don't panic — check it.AR has you covered.
• Augmented Reality functionality overlays a guide onto your breasts while you are performing the exam.
• Guidance is provided along the way to ensure success in the exam.
• 2D guide can be accessed when utilizing AR functionality is not viable.
• Calendar and menstrual tracking integration lets you know the optimal time to perform a self-exam.
• Progress bar lets you know how far along you are in the exam.
• check it.AR makes accurate and reliable predictions about when you should be performing your next exam.
• Push notifications remind you of your upcoming examination so you can ensure you perform the exam at the optimal time each month.
• Take notes, track your period, and track breast changes over time.
• Track your menstrual cycle: it's is an important component of breast health, as it can determine when it is best to perform your next breast exam. (3-5 days after your period begins.)
• Synchronize data from Apple’s Health app to integrate check it.AR into your healthy lifestyle.
Onboarding screens are distilled into three screens as to not overwhelm the user with information. The registration process is quick and local, not requiring any external accounts and sign-ins.
AR Mode guides the user through the steps of the breast self-exam and ensures that she is performing each step properly by detecting the correct position of the breast in that part of the process.
The added element of airplane mode helps reassure the user that her camera will have an extra layer of security. Warning a user before her camera opens also emphasizes privacy.
check it.AR must prioritize privacy because of the vulnerable state the user puts herself in and the amount of trust she invests into the application.
I performed an informal survey of women in my community and online to gain a better understanding about personal breast health and education.
Most respondents have made an effort to perform a self-exam, yet cannot say with confidence that they are doing so correctly.
These same women responded with additional comments about their feelings concerning breast self-exam:
Women also take to sites like Reddit for solutions as they can't really seem to find the right answer.
AR functionality as it applies to check it.AR is a confirmation and affirmation of breast self-exam.
Often we think of AR as a light-hearted and exploratory endeavour. In the case of Check it.AR, the user needs unfaltering guidance. The use of augmented reality must be a firm guide to fulfill her needs.
A soft color palette and sans serif font help create a gentle and relaxing mood during what could be a nerve-wracking experience.
I conducted an informal test using high fidelity wireframes.
The participants in the test gave feedback about how they would naturally navigate all of the apps functions and helped me figure out if there were gaps in content and accessibility.
Born out of a passion for fighting injustices faced by women online, I am happy that I created a tool that is not only functional, but addressing a very real issue in a brand new way. As a creator I will continue to concept for and solve real-world problems.