Final Video & Other Deliverables

We started the project with thinking of a use of for a 3D printer that would be seamless in everyday life and selected a replacement for paper dishware products. The convenience of having a kitchen appliance that basically eliminated the need to do dishes to save time evolved from our research, personas, and brainstorming into the Instant Kichenware Express (IKE).

One of the personas turned into the inspiration for the theme of our movie (The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) and Sy had a vision early on. Images were gathered mostly from the internet and video stills. The video was created in Powerpoint.

Updated Personas, Tasks and Environment

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Early Storyboard

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Final Storyboard

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Final Script

hcc729-Saulynas-Swengler Script

Original Powerpoint file

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Mozilla’s TowTruck

TowTruck is from Mozilla Labs. It aims to be a real-time web collaboration tool and from playing around with the Alpha, it looks like it has a lot of potential.

https://towtruck.mozillalabs.com/

 

A QWERTY Keyboard for Your Wrist

Another keyboard solution for input on a touch screen device.

it’s just zooming in to make tiny buttons big enough for comparatively fat fingers to press.

The interesting thing to note was that the research study used 6 Carnegie Mellon University students to show that while input time decreased, accuracy was the same as with an iPad keyboard. Perhaps a study with other user populations would have different results.

The two main differences from other solutions:

  • 100 lines of code
  • available online for free

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/514096/a-qwerty-keyboard-for-your-wrist/

Why No One Clicked on the Great Hypertext Story

A cute article about the history of the hyperlink.

… a classic failure of futurism: Even those of us who actually have a grasp of long-term trends can’t predict the real consequences of those trends.

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2013/04/hypertext/

Storyboard

This was a very challenging process, as it required us to go back to the drawing board. We had made some great progress on our initial scenario, however we both agreed that we started to lose focus on our original idea and started over. Our new scenario was more realistic in what we are capable of doing within the time remaining in the semester.

Scenario

Tom needs to make and store lunch for his son, Eddie

Tom is a busy single parent and magazine editor who is money conscious and struggling to make ends meet in terms of money and time.

  1. Tom enters the kitchen to prepare Eddie’s lunch for the following day.
  2. Tom decides that lunch will consist of:
    • 8oz of  soup
    • A ham and cheese sandwich on white bread
    • A granny smith apple
    • 8oz  of milk
  3. Tom defines the above parameters to Instant Kitchenware Express (IKE) machine.
  4.  IKE produces five containers and one utensil
    • A “sandwich bag”
      • Sized proportionally to the specifications of the hand an cheese sandwich
      • A label with Eddie’s name and contents along with the date and time
    • A “fruit bag”
      • Sized proportionally to the specifications of the hand an cheese sandwich
      • A label with Eddie’s name and contents along with the date and time
    • A “soup bowl” w/sealable lid
      • Sized proportionally to the specifications of the hand an cheese sandwich
      • A label with Eddie’s name and contents along with the date and time
      • A built in self-heating agent  that will monitor the temperature of the soup and activates the heating agent if the temperature falls below a certain specified parameter and turns off once it obtains a certain upper bound.
    •  A “milk cartoon”
      • Sized proportionally to the specifications of the milk
      • A label with Eddie’s name and contents along with the date and time
      • A built in self-cooling agent  that will monitor the temperature of the milk and activates the cooling agent if the temperature rises above a certain specified parameter and turns off once it obtains a certain lower bound.
    • A “soup spoon”
    • A “lunch box”
      •  Sized proportionally to fit the above contents and with sections that are sized proportionally to fit each item and spaced so that the heat item is separated from the cool item.
      •  A label with the words “ Eddie Corbett’s lunch” with the date and time

Initial Sketches

Before sketches were done, some research in packaging science was required. A field-trip to the Korean Market provided some initial inspiration.

Additional online research was done, with most of the inspiration coming from http://www.black-blum.com.

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Feedback

Initial sketches were shown to 2 co-workers. The sketches did not contain a textual description. Both co-workers had no concept of what a 3D printer was and struggled with the storyboard because they didn’t understand why we were doing this for school. Once it was explained about designing for the future and put into the context of going back 50 years and explaining the technology of today, they were more receptive.

The biggest comment was the shape of the IKE looked like a microwave, so that biased their opinions or contributed to their confusion. But once we discussed that the IKE manufactured disposable food packaging and there was no limit to the imagination, the microwave seemed like an appropriate choice.

Revised Sketch

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Photo Collage

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