Master Interaction design
Umeå Institute of design
2 weeks, winter 2018
Multi-sensory design, Design for inclusion
The aim of the course is to explore how sound and light can be used in product and interface. Our group focussed on inclusive design for people with visual impairments.
For parents with visual impairments, feeding their baby with a bottle can be a struggle. What if we could make these parents independent and give them a tool that supports them to feed prepare the food.
Our solution Ove is a feeding bottle preparation station where the parent is guided by sound and bright visuals to mix the correct amount and heat the bottle to the right temperature. With this concept, we want to make the whole journey easier and make visual impaired parents more independent.
The visually impaired parents that we interviewed had troubles with measuring the right amount of water, their partners need to prepare the right amount of water in advance. Ove solves this by giving sound and light feedback to the user, for the right amount of powder and water. In this way, these parents can deal with unexpected situations and are more independent.
Most babies prefer having warm milk, for this reason Ove can heat up the bottle to room temperature, so the baby doesn’t have to get cold lips.
User research & concept creation
In the beginning, I contacted different user groups and called them, to learn what topics could be improved. Through these phone interviews, we gathered more information about visually impaired parenthood.
I've been working on sounds that work on small speakers, but don't sound too cheap, while making them coherent and fitting to the context and design. I used Massive and Audition to generate and refine the sounds.
We wanted to make a fully functional prototype, to cover the whole scenario. I worked on getting the prototype to measure the weight, recognize water/powder and make the light and sound work together in a coherent way.