Designed by first year MFA Products of Design student Xumeng Mou, Lollytemp makes doctors' visits and hospital stays less intimidating for children, and makes the process of taking someone's temperature pretty sweet.
The lollypop is made up of two ingredients. The center disk is a typical flavored candy, and around the outside edge are six unique chocolate dots—each containing chocolate with a different melting point. Users suck on the lollypop for 30 seconds, and then remove it. Doctors, parents, and patients can then take the temperature reading simply by seeing what chocolate has melted, and looking at the corresponding number adjacent to it! Afterwards, of course, people can pop the lollypop back in their mouths and enjoy the treat.
“It's ironic that many doctors give kids a lollypop after their visit—so 'candy & healthcare' are tied in our folklore." Xumeng offers, "But with LollyTemp, there's a reason to give it at the beginning of the visit!"
After creating the first model, Xumeng rearranged the chocolate dots from a "cooler" green and blue to a "hotter" red, using color to logically help indicate the temperature range from normal body temperature to a fever. Lollypops would be available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales.
LollyTemp is positioned to change many children’s attitude towards taking their temperature, and may even create possibilities beyond that. For women who plan to have babies and are struggle with taking their temperature every morning, LolliTemp can help form a (delicious) daily habit. Xumeng is exploring other applications for the product as well.
Beyond the doctor's office, candy stores and drugstores are perfect retail fits, and the packaging below sensitively straddles the line between fun and functional—not too clinical, but with just enough delight. Multi-packs would contain dozens of LollyTemps with assorted center flavors.
“For centuries people have been working on the melting temperature of chocolate—just to create a better mouthfeel," comments Xumeng. "But I wanted something more than that. Chocolate seemed the perfect—albeit ironic—indicator of health in this application.”
Yes, but you might want to be sure that you don't take your temperature that often!