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02Sep


Inspired by the wearable media trend and the “Internet of Things” I decided to focus my research regarding this topic for the DM3005 course.

Research about Wearable Media

As in my latest article explained, a lot of big companies currently develop smartwatches which can be connected to the smartphone to display – of course the time – but also can function as a remote control for your smartphone to switch music, or helps you measure your speed, which this smartwatch concept shows:

Pebble Smartwatch 2013 video from Pebble Technology on Vimeo.

Besides smartwatches, Google Glasses is maybe the best example for wearable media. Google Glasses are not just nice glasses. Google Glasses support the wearer in his everyday life by taking photos from what you can see with your own eyes without first grab out your smartphone. It can give you context relevant information and can translate even Chinese characters in English (and this is my favourite feature which I could really need since I’m still in Singapore). Google Glasses integrates themselves smoothly in the everyday routine of people and this is what wearable media should be like.

Gizmodo – Google Glass from Pedro Hassan on Vimeo.

With such a variety of wearable media which ranges from clothes with blinky LED lights on it to shoes which shows you the direction home (Yes, it’s like in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy clicked her heels together. With this the GPS system in the shoes get activated and guide the wearer back home), it’s not easy to create a new idea.

Dominic Wilcox – No Place like Home

Idea: Remind me on…

Facing the problem

I’ve used to write a diary about what is unusual or difficult in my everyday life and try to see the world steadily with “the eyes of a traveller”. A few ideas evolved so far from this experiences.

Notes

Notes – User diary

Forgetting meetings, keys or calling your mom is human. No one is perfect and most of the time we have a lot of stress so we can’t keep everything in mind. The best example is of course loosing the keys, when you don’t have time to search long for them. A Kickstarter project dealed with such a problem and found a solution:

Hone – a bluetooth device which helps you find your keys

But I think there is a problem which is not solved yet. Even before you recognize too late that you can’t find your keys. The problem starts when it gets possible to forget your keys at home. The following user scenario should give you a better insight to the problem:

User Scenario

Monday 6.30am. Brushing teeth, dressing up, eating breakfast and everything in a hurry. Tina Miller, 27 years old, working in a consulting agency, has to stand up very early because of her long way to work. In the morning she doesn’t have more than half an hour to prepare herself. She packs her bag with her laptop, wallet and keys and hurries out of her apartment. Five minutes until her bus will arrive. Shortly after leaving her house her smartphone rings. A push notification tells her: “You’ve forgot your laptop charger for office!” Immediately she turns back to collect her forgotten charger.”

Thanks to “Remind me on”, you’ll never forget anything anymore.

How it works

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Sketch – Bag

In your bag there is a chip which recognizes your laptop, keys and other things which also have a chip on it. These could be RFID Chips and a RFID Reader but the technology is not fixed yet. On your smartphone you need to have an application installed which is connected to the Chip in your bag and to your local WIFI.
After leaving home and switching to mobile data reception, it checks if all your needed items are in your bag depending on your chosen profile. This profile could be “Office” for example. You can add items to the profile “Office” which you need when leaving for the office.

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Sketch – View of the inside

When leaving the home WIFI the smartphone gives you a push notification if items from the activated profile are missing. Simple and effective.

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Sketch – Technology

Idea: Social Hublet

Facing the status quo

Social Media is everywhere. And we can’t live without checking our social networks constantly. Even if this means grabbing out our smartphone and read messages while meeting a good friend. However we are registered in so many Social Networks that it’s hard to check every network frequently. An app called Flipboard realized the combination of the social networks in one app:

Flipboard: Tour from Instrument on Vimeo.

But often we just overfly the content of the networks without really interacting with it. We just want to know what’s going on and don’t miss anything. Why can’t this be faster? Let’s look at it in a short story:

User Scenario

The meeting takes already one hour and 20 minutes and Tom is bored. Again his colleagues are discussing endlessly about a new product his company wants to release. He would love nothing better than to grab out his smartphone and check what’s going on in the online world, but after all this is a business meeting. Instead of this he has his Social Hublet. It looks like an unremarkable bracelet but is connected to an app on his smartphone which combines all his social networks. He can just look on the tiny screen and read through the short social media messages, without disturbing the meeting and tipping on his smartphone. After reading through some twitter tweeds, he found a tweet which sounds very interesting to him. One click on his bracelet saves the link for him so he can read through after the meeting.

How it works

The “Social Hublet” is a design bracelet with an included display and touch-sensitive ribbon. The display has no background light and is therefore very energy-saving. You can read through the newest social media messages you’ve received and mark them for reading them later on. With the touch-sensitive ribbon you can scroll through the messages. The bracelet is connected to a smartphone application in which you can choose the social networks and messages which should be displayed. For example you can just add important contacts to your bracelet.

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Sketch – Bracelet “Social Hublet”

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Sketch – Display of “Social Hublet”

With “Social Hublet” it’s easy and fast to be always up to date on your social networks without disturbing others.

Idea: Toothbrush for Children

Facing the problem

It’s hard to persuade children to brush their teeth regularly and long enough. That results in bad teeth and bad brushing habits.
The company “Beam” released a toothbrush which is connected to a smartphone application via Bluetooth. It’s a toothbrush for adults, but has quite a few problems such as the quality of the brush and no real “appeal” to brush your teeth longer.
My next project idea should produce relief:

User Scenario

Brushing every morning and evening the teeth is very annoying and boring. Anna doesn’t like brushing her teeth. She would rather play outside with her friends. Often she just brushes her teeth for a few seconds. The four-year old girl doesn’t care what horror stories her parents have told her. One day her parents gave her a new toothbrush. After brushing for a few seconds a star lights up. Anna is surprised. After another few seconds again a star lights up. Just one star left she thinks. After 30 seconds all the stars on her toothbrush are bright. She doesn’t even noticed that she has brushed her teeth for so long.

How it works

With the intelligent teethbrush, children can earn stars with brushing their teeth which they can redeem in several games.

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Sketch – Teethbrush with stars

There are three stars (LED lights) in the teethbrush, which lights up step-by-step after 10 seconds. After 30 seconds all stars are bright and no more stars can be gained. Through the gamification factor, children will brush their teeth regularly. Moreover, children will like to see the blinky stars after brushing their teeth for a longer time.

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Sketch – Blinking stars after several seconds”

Sources:
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android
- https://vimeo.com/67248428
- http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57516955-1/gps-shoes-give-directions-on-top-of-your-toes/
- http://www.pocketables.com/2012/06/kickstarter-spotlight-hone-bluetooth-4-0-enabled-key-finder.html
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/690528216/hone-for-iphone-4s-never-lose-your-keys-again
- http://www.gesundezaehne24.de/beam-brush-erste-zahnburste-mit-app/
- http://www.chip.de/news/Beam-Brush-Bluetooth-Zahnbuerste-fuer-Geeks_61258121.html

 


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