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IOT + USER RESEARCH + INTERACTION DESIGN

PROBLEM AREA

 

DESIGN

The goal of this IoT project was to create an ambient desktop device that reminds you to check your email inbox. The motions and color of the box reflect the mounting stress and anxiety you feel while procrastinating to check your emails ( when you work from home or other such situations). Once you sit down to check email and reset the box, it reflects a calmer state to help you focus. 

This was collaborative project between two engineers and a designer.

CMU | 49-713, Designing for the Internet of Things

MY ROLE | Research, Design and Implementation

Time | 1 week


We did a quick user research through interviews and surveys to understand the user we had in mind - a work at home parent.  I developed a persona to make the team understand our user better. After this a mood board was developed using graphics to reflect the nature of our device. 

                                                                          Persona

                                                                          Persona

                                                                    Mood Board

                                                                    Mood Board

The video showcases the capabilities of the FreakOut Box. With new emails, the box increments up to each new stress level - yellow, orange, and red. When the user is ready to sit down and check email, they can reset with the button on top. The button is also able to flip on and off the LED when not in use.  

Notes on the video: to test the box, we are using an email testing service and manually triggering IFTTT in the background due to its slow output speed. The trigger levels are each set at 1 increasing email, so each email sends the box to a new stress level.

STORYBOARD

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Material Used:

Prototyping Solder Board, Particle Photon, Jumper Wires (Generic), Vibrator (Pancake Vibration motor) x4, DC motor (12 V), Switch (Button Extract), Battery Output, Resistor , Servo fan, Transistor, LED Ring, Glue gun

CODE FOR PARTICLE PHOTON