Designing for social context is broad. We defined the social context designed for as the social context of young children suffering from diabetes and their caregivers.


Diabetes Mellitus is a group of diseases that requires constant monitoring. Regular monitoring, insulin injection and/or sugar intake is needed. If not done in time consequences could be big.


Predicting low or high levels of blood sugar can help prevent emergencies. We decided to create an agent which helps with this problem within the social context.


The agent itself is necessary as the intelligent behavior needs to have a body in which it occurs and the users can interact with. So something tangible for our target users was designed.


MBrace was designed. A bracelet children would wear at all times. It monitors main bodily functions as heart rate, body temperature and perspiration continuously. Blood sugar level is monitored incidentally.


With constantly monitoring the bodily functions the bracelet track the state of the body, calculates a state of the body. If it thinks the blood sugar level is approaching dangerous zones it encouraged to do a blood sugar test and act accordingly. MBrace allows for interaction by a slider, that the child can adjust if it feels that notifications are not correct, to teach and personalize the system to the behavior of the child.


Parents or at that moment responsible care taker are held in the loop by  notifications on their smart phone. So they can assist adequately when necessary. Below are images and a video of MBrace.


Main competencies:


- Technology and Realization

- User and Society

3D printed mockup of MBrace

Electronic prototype working with the algorithm


Embodying Intelligent Behavior in

Social Context


Assistant Professor

Dr. Ir. Emilia Barakova


Course: DBM211



Marijn Bults

Eleni Economidou

Thijs Roeleven

Bastiaan van Hout

Ivar Kraaijevanger


Grade: 9