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Project tutorial by 5 developers
A mountable, self-contained unit for capturing the moment of riding a bike for the first time!
An obstacle-detection and GPS-enabled navigation wearable for the visually impaired.
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Moving the personal bubble
Project tutorial by Team SKRT
I really like the idea of turning an item into a device for new social interaction, and turning the role of an item as being own into being a companion. I think this idea works particularly well with the wave board. This is because it is something that most people who buy it have to learn how to ride it. This is a great way to share not only the wave board itself but also the learning experience among a group of friend.I like that you include the evolution of your design. It is very fun to know how the final idea has originated from. One thing I would like to hear more about is the rationale behind the getaway button. It seems anti the sharing theme, and I’m curious why you decided to add the feature.I’m also curious if you have thought about different ways to use accelerometer data apart from displaying in the background. I feel like it is something that you can play with more. For example, you can use it to detect if someone has done some cool tricks, if so, it will notify people in the group. It would also be nice if there is a scoreboard of jack’s favorite companions (e.g. who use Jack most in terms of time or distance, and who is the most exciting rider, etc.)
I’m a big fan of assistive technology, and your idea is very practical and implementable, as you have already demonstrated in the demo. I especially like that you have put a lot of thought into the form and physical design of the device that avoid stigmatizing the users as being blind, unlike most existing technologies. Additionally, the design is very stylish, and it can even be a clothing accessory.Regarding the ideation process, I love that you actually conducted a user study to understand the actual needs. I think this is something more people need to do. You mention that the final design has been changed from the original one because of the feedback from the user study. I would love to see what those changes are. In particular, how your design has evolved through different iterations. In terms of the documentation itself, the circuit schematic for the necklace component is very nice. I wish you have something similar for the gloves component too. This is probably one thing that is missing from your documentation; even just a photograph that captures the wiring connection would suffice.Finally, I’m curious if you have thought about adding a feature for detecting the change of ground level (e.g. steps) and notify the users. The ability to detect the height change is fairly important for the navigation, and the existing technology such as a cane has this functionality.
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