For the final Interaction and Visual Interface Design project, my team created Plugg, a wearable music device for commuters using public transit. We researched the experience of commuters, looked for opportunities to improve the experience, and also create something that users would form an emotional connection with.
The resulting system involved wireless headphones that communicated with other devices and a controller built into the commuter’s bag. A ubiquitous system delivered information and music, instead of the commuter carrying an additional device.
Interviews and shadowing helped us understand the commuter experience and discover design opportunities. Bodystorming and re-labeling played a significant role in the development of the final prototype.
We looked at a range of online technology magazines for emerging technology for music devices, Eleksen’s wearable audio controls, emerging design for hearing aids, Philips phototonic textiles, a mobile phone interface for the London underground (undersound), and fabric control research by Amy Hurst.
This research helped inform our design decisions, especially the use of phototonic textiles and fabric controls.
- Jamin Hegeman
- Sook Yeon Kim
- James Chan Wook Lee