S&C

This project is to help seniors adapt to touch-screen mobile phones better and stay connected with family members, friends, and even the digital world.

14 weeks project 

2020.5.16-2020.08.22

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S&C
Stay Connected
 
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User Status Quo
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people spend more time than ever communicating online. Therefore, seniors have to adapt to technologies such as touch-screen mobile phones. This project is to help seniors adapt to them better and stay connected not only with family members and friends but also with the digital world.
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Conclusion: ( Problems meet when using touch-screen mobile phones)
  1. Not familiar with the touch-screen mobile phone
  2. Eyes will sour after looking at the screen for a while
  3. Push the wrong button easily
  4. Hard to read the words
  5. Missing some phone calls 
User Research: Interview & Observation 
Insight 
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Inspiration 
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 House-cleaning robot
Automatic pill reminder
Robot
Magnifier floor lamp 
Smartwatch
Telephone
Tv Ears: voice clarifying TV headset
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Ideation: Mindmap
Sketches Of Three Directions
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Mock Ups Of Three Directions
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Design Proposal Decided
User feedback:
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"I think the smartwatch may work for the person who always wears a watch, but I do not get used to wearing a watch. On the other hand, I think the telephone receiver helps me solve the visual and aural problems. The only drawback is that it is not efficient for me to carry another mobile phone size product outside the home."
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"I think the smartwatch will be useful for me because I always wear a watch. Moreover, it is portable. I also think the 'telephone receiver' will be fun."
Designer Conclusion:
 “Telephone Receiver” this project direction is worth to go deep, because it provides senior users familiar calling experience, and solving the visible and aural problems they meet when using a touch-screen mobile phone by providing a handy magnifying glass, a louder handy speaker, and a message-audio conversion feature. However, the portability problem is still waiting for a solution.
Storyboard 
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Problem Solving 
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This version is not efficient for users to carry outside the home.
Conclusion
Version 1
Version 2
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Conclusion
  1. Users may accidentally answer the phone call they do not want to answer.
  2. The speaker cannot be so flat to put inside a sheet.
  3. This version solves the portability problem. 
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Version 3
Conclusion
  1. The supporting structure of the container does not work. Some spaces are needed between the supporter and the ground to make an angel. 
  2. The logo place is weird 
  3. The microphone can be smaller to give more space between the keyboard and magnifying glass.
  4.  The filleted corners of the container that hold the buttons can be smaller. The pull-out structure of the magnifying glass will break the integrality of the whole frame.
Technology Research
1. Speaker & Microphone:
2. Magnetism:
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Speakers work by converting electrical energy into mechanical energy (motion).  The mechanical energy compresses air and converts the motion into sound energy or sound pressure level (SPL).
Microphones convert acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy (the audio signal).
3. Button
Magnetism is the force exerted by magnets, objects that repel or attract each other. This powerful physical phenomenon is one component of electromagnetism, one of the fundamental forces of nature.
4. Bluetooth
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Material: Silicone                        Structure: Hollow Structure
Bluetooth technology essentially works by using short-range wireless communication technology to connect two devices together. This eliminates the need for cables or wires. 
Final Product CAD
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Final Product Mock up
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CMF & PRD
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Recyclable plastics Research: (Pela)
Pela Case is made out of plant-based biopolymer, recycled materials, and flax straw fiber, a waste byproduct of the oilseed harvest.
Logo Design
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Final 3D Model
5 Color Selection
Final 3D Model Details
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Advertising Poster
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3D Printed Model