What is Suzanne?
A guide for your journey which indicates your
direction of travel through vibrations on either
side of the sphere and arrows which light up as
you progress on your journey. It has a Bluetooth
method of connecting with your smartphone
and syncing with an app dedicated to the
product for planning out a map.
Sphere =/= Globe
Compass =/= Navigation
Vibrations to help guide you
Map displays on screen / Street view
Compass points you in the direction
Turn dial left / right for volume
“You Touch It, You Feel It, You Do It”
Case opened by finger prints
Can also be opened by phone
Wearable navigation bracelet
GPS and voice commands
Audio and haptic feedback
Primary market blind people
Similar to Suzanne
But, no screen
Extension of the user
Suzanne is intended to beheld and
interacted with throughout the journey.
Help elderly people
Heart rate monitor
Email alerts if the user has fallen
Helpful additional features
Could be biennial
Hard to implement due to the nature of
Structure of a grenade.
Throwing alarms at wall
Quirky and fun twist.
Instead of throwing the alarm in the morning
Throw across room
In the morning
Alarm goes off
User has to get out of bed
To turn off
We have chosen this tangible user interface as
an example based not on its function, but on its
form. It has a spherical shape, much like
Suzanne, and is split into two halves with a small
display screen. We feel a shape along these
lines, with obvious changes for the nature of our
own tangible user interface, would be
appropriate for Suzanne.
Who is Suzanne?
Suzanne is your own personal, technological guide to help
you get around and prevent you from getting lost. Making
use of a range of our natural human senses Suzanne will
ensure that you get to your location on time.
You can take Suzanne with you anywhere, at any time in
your own customisable cases to make Suzanne your own.
Suzanne links up to your phones native map application
through Bluetooth and instantly loads up your directions
from your phone onto the Sphere.
User Profile - Lucy
Lucy is a young aspiring photographer who has dealt with technology most of her life
from computers, mobiles, games consoles and cameras. However, despite her
knowledge she still likes things to be simple and easy to use. She especially likes a
clean, simple user interface.
Lucy has a large number of clients and sends a lot of time traveling from one location
to the next, carrying a lot of large, heavy equipment in her backpack and in some
cases over large distances. She likes to plan ahead her route journey but often forgets
her way. She uses her phones GPS navigation to get to her location. Since Lucy deals
with a large amount of clients through her phone she prefers not to use the GPS
navigation on her phone as it drains battery and as a result she could miss out of a
client’s call or be left without battery at the end of the day, when it could be dark and
she could need a lift home.
User Profile - Jim
Occupation: International Businessman
Jim spends a large amount of his time travelling around the world dealing
with clients from his self-owned business. Jim likes to deal with his clients
personally to keep up a good business client relationship. Since Jim travels all
around the world he bought himself a smartphone with Maps capabilities to
help him get around cities he is not familiar with.
Jim does not have experience with modern technology and often struggles to
use the Maps app on his new smartphone and as a result he can be late for
meetings with his clients. This is beginning to cause problems with his client
relations. As a result of this Jim is on the lookout for a new device to help him
quickly and easily navigate around new cities.
Shell of the product
High density polyethylene
Rotational moulding to create the spherical shape
Hollow inside for the electronics.
The display could be made from acrylic
Sturdy and more durable glass alternative.
Additives such as stabilisers and antioxidants
To preserve quality
Prevent the plastic being broken down by light
Reacting with oxygen in the air
Both important as the product will be used outside
Add colour pigments to the plastic
Produce Suzanne in a number of different colour options.
Connects to maps on the users phone so the user can use the phone whilst
Simple and clear written instructions and directions accompanied with
physical elements of vibration as an indication.
Doesn’t show street views to keep the device simple.
Chargeable using the same charger as the phone that it was brought to
connect to, so that you only have to carry one charge for two devices.
Has a headphone input port and speakers so the user can hear the directions.
To turn the volume up the index finger and thumb stretch further apart and
bring them closer together to turn the volume down. This keeps the tangible
user interface simple in ascetics.
Connected by Bluetooth and therefore no risk of loosing wifi or internet
Open by shaking the TUI and hand temperature recognition so that it doesn’t
turn on if rolling about in a bag.
The hand temperature recognition allows the device to work in the dark.
The shape is representational of a globe, which is it’s affordance.
To turn off the device, cover the top of the device with the other hand to
cause darkness but also the hand temperature causing this not to turn off just
because it is dark.
Vibrations and arrows indicted when the user must turn and in what
Doesn’t show street views which can be confusing to the
user as they might not be able to place where they are.
Instructions may be too simple that they would actually
not be able to follow them clearly.
Loss of Bluetooth from the device to the phone.
The sphere shape means that it might not be easy to hold
and that if it were to be dropped it would roll away.