What is it _
Pearly is a dental device that makes maintaining oral hygiene easy. It takes readings and offers analysis, cleaning routines, and tips on issues like plaque, gums, cavities, and yellowness.
What is it _
Pearly is a home dental device that makes keeping up with oral hygiene easy and fun. It takes readings, and then offers analysis, cleaning routines, and tips to help maintain and deal with specific areas of dental hygiene, like plaque, gums, activities, and yellowness.
Around 70% of Americans suffer from dental hygiene related issues and don't even know it. Only 55% of Americans make the recommended annual dental visit, a majority of which make over $120,000 a year. Regular dental care shouldn’t be cost-prohibitive.
Pearly is a speculative project I made to explore a consumer-focused medical experience that incorporates both hardware and digital.
The goal of Pearly is to make dental care more accessible and affordable for everyone. We aren't seeking to replace dentists. We’re simply a resource that makes tracking and preventing dental hygiene issues a little easier through digestible visualizations, tips and advice, and regular monitoring.
Pearly Dashboard _
The Pearly dashboard is a feed where you can see the results of your most recent diagnostic, reminders to make dentist appointments, your current rank, and related news and updates.
Process 01 _ Do People Need This? _
Before diving into the project, I needed to answer a few key questions. One of the most important ones being - do people need this? I started with asking family and friends of various ages, genders, and ethnicities about their dental hygiene. I also conducted research with people waiting for their trains in Penn Station and Grand Central Station. Although the questions were personal, 50 people were happy to help!
Process 02 _ Analyzing and Comparing my findings _
To test the accuracy of my results, I compared them to national average statistics from the Dental Health Foundation. I found that my numbers were relatively close to the national averages, proving a huge issue with dental hygiene in America.
Process 03 _ UX Flows
Once the need was proven, I started creating high level and detail UX flows for the Pearly experience. I broke each core moment of the product into a bucket as a starting point. From the bucketed moments, I began figuring out key screens. Lastly from the key screens, I was able to begin designing wireframes to figure out product features, and UI layout.