In the one week break last week, my team and I met up and continued developing our ideas from the brainstorming session we did as a group in week 3. In week 3, we talked about giving a hand a personality and using it as a way to help people in their everyday life. We decided to focus our idea on the backpack hand that acts as a personal space manager.
We thought about other ways of giving the backpack hand personality and sassy-ness, which was really fun and funny. However, after having ideas that were going all over the place, we decided to think about a problem space first before continuing.
Problem Space -> People want appropriate social distances for their social activities, without having to tell others.
With this, we decided on two intended experiences, the personal space manager (our first idea) and the conversation stopper. We named our concept The Helping Hand.
We decided to use google slides to present our concept. Each of us chose a section to present and did voice-overs. My part was the intended experience section as I was in charge in sketching the concept and the storyboard.
Below are the some points from the critiques about The Helping Hand and my thoughts about it.
- Too bulky, heavy
- Smaller = more portability
- Not convenient to move around
We added a backpack to our concept as we thought it would be easier to move the hand and its parts around. But I do agree that it is still very big and probably too heavy to walk around with it, especially in crowded areas (spaces where you would want to use it). My team and I talked about some ideas like attaching a smaller arm on a cap or a headband.
Gives the opposite effect
- Rude, Cultural differences (can maybe be solved by looking it as a separate entity)
- Strong personality, might scare people, make them feel awkward
- Draws attention. People might be interested in it and purposely interact with it.
- Distracting to user
As we wanted to make this arm seem as sassy as possible, I guess it may come off as rude and hurtful to some people. The tutors gave a good idea of making it appear as a separate entity so it would not be you being rude but the hand instead.
It drawing attention from other people could probably be solved by making it smaller or by changing its form to something simple/everyday so it can be more inconspicuous.
- Face on a display
- Doesn't have to be an arm/body part
- Small creature
For this concept, we wanted to move away from using sounds (voice), lights or facial expressions to using gestures or body language instead. This would make it more novel and give it more sass. Lorna and the tutors gave good examples of other forms that we can think about instead of using body parts. As the team members would each be designing a prototype separately, we can each focus on a different type of form and see each form's benefits and disadvantages.
Points to Note for the Future
- Experiment on different forms
- Make it less noticeable to avoid drawing attention (blend in, simple looking, small size)
- Show that it is a separate entity
- Make it less bulky and heavy to be more portable