A smart alarm clock for aging adults that helps track sleeping habits, and notifies family and/or guardians of any abnormalities that could indicate a decline in health. 



Donald Howell

Older Adult - Living Independently

Donald lives on his own and spoke to us about how difficult it is to understand his sleep cycle now that he is getting older. He found that he sleeps more, but isn't sure if that is normal or if it is a sign of a decline in health. 

Buckingham South

Assisted Living

Our interview at Buckingham South was with the caretakers that work at the facility. A major pain point for them was that family members that do not live nearby often don't understand what their loved one goes through on a daily basis. 


"Feeling independent is still important."

-Donald Howell


Buckingham South Key Insights

  • Many people working in assisted living facilities know more about the patient's needs than their family does
  • Assisted living workers try to help encourage independence
  • Tensions rise when family members try to recommend what their mother or father should do, but don't have an understanding of what they need

Donald Howell Key Insights

  • Technology is hard to learn for him and he doesn't want to try
  • Sleep changes in aging adults and can be confusing
  • Remaining independent is extremely important
  • Older adults know their health is declining, but it is difficult to figure out what are signs of bad health and what is normal with age

User Journey



What We Want

An application:

  • Tracks sleep over time to show signs of decline
  • Notifies family/guardian of abnormalities
  • Allows personalized settings for frequency of notifications
  • Provides a noninvasive way to check on family member

A physical alarm clock:

  • Tracks sleep habits 
  • Sets "smart alarm" based on schedule
  • Easy to use for those that struggle with technology
  • Collects important data about sleep habits for family




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Final Design

The Alarm

An easy to use alarm clock that learns the user's schedule to appropriately suggest bedtime for a more restful sleep and an easier time waking up. 

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The Application

The application that can be used by a family member to check on a loved one without being invasive. The application sends notifications about sleep habits and alerts when there is an abnormality. 

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Doze notifications are customizable based on the user's preferences for frequency and notification type. For example, a user could choose to only receive notifications when something might be wrong, or they can receive a daily notification. 

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AI Capabilities

Doze learns from the user overtime based on their habits. For example a normal sleep pattern for one person may be a warning sign for someone else. Doze aims to adapt to each user and learn based on their needs and habits.

Data Collected:

  • Time slept
  • Time user went to bed
  • Time user wakes up
  • How well the user slept
  • Overall quality of sleep
  • Time of normal bed time
  • How long it takes a user to wake up and get out of bed