The project was to design the product experience for a molecular diagnostic health testing kit and to develop a low-cost micropump to make it affordable for consumers. The product experience focused on meeting users’ needs identified through primary research and safe use through following the In-Vitro Diagnostic Devices Directive (98/79/EC). A nozzle-diffuser micropump was developed using a metal-PDMS composite membrane as a more cost-effective alternative to silicon.
The digital tools available in the 21st Century have created the phenomenon of the quantified self where so much of our health and well-being can be measured and analysed; this level of instant information has led to an emerging demand for more convenient health diagnoses. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, easy access to testing has become a necessity, not just a convenience.