UPDATES – MEDIA PLAYER

2 05 2008

 

 

This week we had the joy of having a highly skilled interaction/experience design duo from London to lecture us. Schulze & Webb was established in 2005 as a consultancy in creative design. Their specialty is mobile technology, web based media, physical computing, interaction design and sociality.

 

Schulze & Webb arranged a three days workshop where the focus was the experience of the product and what they referred to as the experience hooks for the users/costumers. This forced us to drag out the key elements of our concepts and illustrate these.

 

Presenting my own project which now has the aim of becoming a exclusive media player including the use of RFID technology in its form and function I surely got a couple of things to think about. Why does it have to be for elders, why is better than other media players..? Where are the experience hooks?

 

Reflecting over these questions I see a lot possible directions for my project. Why can’t I make it little more playful media player, maybe several different models with different aims? It could be fun to have media player which have to keep in motion to be able to use it, maybe as a workout tool. Or what about a media player which you have to deserve to use. “To see this movie you would have to walk three kilometres first.”

 

 

Well, I think I want to make a couple more suggestions, but the main concept is still a aesthetical MEDIA PLAYER using RFID technology as it’s main function control. As inspiration Schulze and Webb showed me this project by Crispin Jones. Social Mobiles is an exploration into mobile phone behaviour. Rather than create a set of phones that addressed aesthetic concerns of mobile phones, designer and artist Crispin Jones worked as a research associate with IDEO to create five working mobile telephones that in different ways modify their users’ behaviour to make it less disruptive. The intent is to provoke discussion about the social impact of mobile phones. Social Mobiles was included in the “Design for the Elastic Mind” exhibition at the MoMA in 2008.

 

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