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MY ROLE

CAD Prototype | Interaction Design | Movie Production

OPPORTUNITY

Facts about the networked family

Some analysts have worried that new technologies hurt family togetherness, but we see that technology allows for new kinds of connectedness built around cell phones and the internet.

The survey shows that these high rates of technology ownership affect family life. In particular, cell phones allow family members to stay more regularly in touch even when they are not physically together. Moreover, many members of married-with-children households view material online together.

Family members touch base with each other frequently with their cell phones, and they use those phones to coordinate family life on the fly during their busy lives.

42% of parents contact their child/children on a daily basis using a cell phone, making cell phones the most popular communications tool between parents and children.

A lot of families treat the internet as a place for shared experiences. They don't just withdraw from the family to their own computer for private screen time. They often say, 'Hey - look at this!' to others in the household.

Some 52% of internet users who live with a spouse and one or more children go online with another person at least a few times a week. Another 34% of such families have shared screen moments at least occasionally.

MISSION

Cell phone and computer communication were just the beginning. In the near future, we will be able to interface anywhere and everywhere in the home without having to take a phone out of our pocket. Our solution will bring the family together like never before.

CONCEPT SKETCHING

I first thought about what I did at home that would benefit from a display that was anywhere a lightbulb currently was.

I mapped out what this system could possibly entail.

I plotted out an information architecture of such an interaction.

I sketched out what it would look like displayed on a wall.

I thought about starting the system and the first calls to action.

I imagined what a call might be like.

And then I drew what the call might look like.

Then I went on to designing the system...

DESIGN ATTRIBUTES

I set parameters to impart attributes which would guide the visual design of the interaction as well as the hardware design.

Interactive
Connected
Flexible

THE DESIGN CONCEPT

The hardware consisted of physical smartlights that could be set atop a table or screwed into an existing light socket.

Tabletop smartlight
Smartlight for can lighting

A family dashboard emerged as the main use case from our initial directive. From there the interaction focused on connectivity, effeciency, safety, and security with the main apps displayed.

The UI from start

From there, CAD (SketchUp) was used to illustrate the concept in a home.

USE CASE

A concept scneario was created to show the benefit of the system in the home between family members, even if the dad is away.