bippy

Bippy 1.0

By: Varsha Nekkanti

 

Based on our primary market research, largely with moms of children with ADHD and health professionals, we decided on a select list of features to incorporate in our first rendition of Bippy.

 

Feature #1: App Connection (Incentives and Task Management). Our robot, Bippy, will be connected to an IOS application that will be managed by the parents. The purpose of this app is to allow parents to input tasks that their child needs to work on, and the time period that the child has to complete each task. These tasks will then be relayed to the child through the robot. Additionally, parents can add incentives on the app for the child to work toward a larger goal when completing his or her homework.

 

Feature #2: Camera. The camera on Bippy allows the student to indicate completion of a task. Once the student is ready to “submit” their task, he or she would click the button on Bippy and then proceed to hold up his/her paper to the camera. This picture would then be relayed back to the app, where the parents can confirm that the assignment was adequately completed. This feature was incorporated primarily to create a sense of accountability for the child and to allow the parent to stay involved in their child’s life.

 

Feature #3: Reminders. Based on the task that is inputted in the app by the parent, reminders will be relayed to the child periodically to ensure that the child stays focused. These reminders will range from being indications of the task that the child should be working on, questions to check the progress of the child, and checks for understanding.

 

Feature #4: Lighting System. The lighting system will be featured on the robot so that the child can directly see it. Essentially, a green, yellow, or red light will be displayed on the robot to indicate progress. Based on how closely the child is sticking to the timings allocated by the parent through the app, a different color will be displayed. The underlying purpose of the lighting system is to have a form of visual cues to instigate focus.

 

We are planning to test these features and make changes accordingly based on the outcome of these tests in the next few months.

The Day Bippy was Born

By: Varsha Nekkanti

Elementary school children, especially students with ADHD, face the constant struggle of staying focused when completing their school work at home. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a learning disability that affects the attention span, impulses, and memory of an individual, thus serving as a barrier for students with this disability both in and out of the classroom. Upon speaking to mothers of children with ADHD, we found that children with ADHD struggle to have confidence in their abilities, stay focused on classroom instruction, learn in a style that is tailored to their needs, strengthen their social skills, and fit in with their peers.

Within the school environment itself, some children with ADHD have personalized instruction and learning due to 504 plans (plans vary by school). However, in their work environment at home, elementary school students do not have the same level of support from their teacher, making it difficult to complete homework. In the eyes of working parents, ensuring that their child with ADHD stays focused on his or her tasks is overwhelming, especially with their already overbooked schedule. From this specific problem, Bippy was derived.

Bippy, your focus companion, is a robot that utilizes incentives and periodic reminders to help that children with ADHD stay focused on their homework and parents of children with ADHD stay updated with the child’s work progress. Often times, students with ADHD are extremely capable and have the necessary knowledge to finish their work–however, they forget the task they are supposed to be working on. As a result of this, mothers of kids with ADHD emphasized the importance of constantly reminding their children to complete their work. Additionally, one tactic that is effective in promoting focus is using incentives. By providing motivation for the child to complete their work, they are more likely to stay focused on their work and finish it in a timely manner.

Essentially, our company strives to improve the educational experience for children with learning disabilities. And Bippy is our means of doing so. We hope that our product can help children with ADHD across the nation stay focused on their work, feel confident in their abilities, and enjoy their school experience.