Smoking is universally acknowledged as a vice and a bad habit. Some start smoking out of pleasure, others out of curiosity and some to settle their nerves. However, once you start smoking, it is hard to break the habit. Many devices and inventions aim to help, from the electric cigars to various filters. A new student app aims to replace them.
A group of students from the University of Lincoln, UK have come up with a combo called Relieve. This set is made of an app and an e-cigarette that attempts to wean off smokers. It also recruits their friends and family for moral support. With this new invention, the team won the Vodafone 24 hours challenge. This competition gives students a day to design a new product idea.
The multidisciplinary team of students from marketing, engineering, product design and media production, created an e-cigarette that works with a personalized app. This app gradually reduces the nicotine dosage over a certain period of time. However, it does not change the amount of vapor that is inhaled. In order to get users to persevere, they get data on how their trials are paying off. Moreover, they also receive data on the benefits of nicotine reduction. Financial rewards can also be awarded for their efforts.
The results of their efforts can be shared on social media platforms. In this way, their friends and family can gather and create a support network online. The idea is still in a concept phase, but the students hope to see it become reality. “We have designed it to the point where if we wanted to build a prototype, we could make that happen. Once we had come up with it, it was one of those ideas that just made sense and you wonder why it doesn’t already exist,” they said.
What do you think of this novel idea? Will it help people stop smoking?