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Project Modai preliminary boards

  1. 1. Current mobile devices The problem 18 MO.Mobile technology is always evolving. However, devices are still just chunks of Most are discarded and replaced after metal and plastic that lack any human only 18 months.Recent advances in touch screen interactions have made qualities, and thus there is no deepusing mobile devices fun and enjoyable. emotional connection between user and device. 2
  2. 2. The solutionProject Modai explores a future userinterface and industrial design of amobile device. It attempts to lengthenand enhance the relationship betweenyou and your device through forging anemotional connection. 3
  3. 3. The brandThe Modai brand is youthful, energetic,and, most importantly, human.These principles guided the emotivequalities of the user interface designand the industrial designLogoThe logo represents the social and workparadigms of everyday life, and the avatarin the interface that represents them. It isplayful and also references the use of fingersfor interactions.Color paletteThe colors are calm and approachable,representing the friendliness of Modai. 4
  4. 4. The 4 issues The device knowing You knowing the what you need. device’s needs. The current app-based ecosystems on Current devices are limited in ways most devices provide great content to get your attention: lights, sound, or and experiences, but it’s tedious to vibration. These are either disruptive wade through screen after screen of or ineffective, and hold no relation apps. The device has no idea what you to the message the device needs to needs, and that your needs change convey. depending on the context you are in. Meaningless Technological interactions. advances. Most interactions happen through Even with the deepest emotional taps, buttons, and switches. For the connection, the rate at which most part, the action itself has no technology becomes obsolete makes it relationship to the end result, and the difficult for any bond to form between interaction method holds no cues to user and device. what will happen when you actuate it. 5
  5. 5. The device knowing what you need. ContentParadigmsModai has two paradigms: social (Fundai)and work (Prodai). This parallels withpeople’s daily lives and the need tobalance the two. Fundai Prodai Modai sorts content to the relevant paradigms so you get work emails when you’re at work, and not when you’re hanging out. Like Superman The transition between paradigms is inspired by Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman through taking off his work clothes. Pull the Paradigm Zip up/down to change Fundai Prodai into and out of Modai’s work clothes. 6
  6. 6. The device knowing what you need.Fundai The Avatar is a humanized representation of the device status. (More about Volume slider sits on top of the earpiece slot, utilizingModai OS is a dynamic, human user this later). feedforward to indicate its action.interface that gives you exactly whatyou want, when you need it. Fun modai,Fundai, filters and delivers social content Clockjust for you. indicates time through digital, analog means, and the sun/ moon. Also accesses the alarms. Widgets change depending on your context. This Things to do weather widget appears in the morning contains all tasks, appointments, when you are planning your day. meetings, and reminders relevant to the current paradigm. Also has shortcuts to relevant apps. Relevant item contains items most frequently used in your current context (time/location) and things to do. Repository Message stream contains all other applications on pulls from many customizable sources the device. including mail, text, Facebook, Twitter, RSS. Giving you info you need, fast. Paradigm zip allows switching between the social (Fundai) and work (Prodai) paradigms. 7
  7. 7. The device knowing what you need.Prodai The Avatar is now indicates that you are in the work paradigm: Prodai.Professional modai, Prodai, shows you all (More about this later).the content you need to succeed in yourwork-related endeavors. Paradigm zip allows switching between the social (Fundai) and work (Prodai) paradigms. Tasks contains all your work-related action items. Message stream pulls from the same sources as the Projects Fundai stream, but filters out all lists out all the projects you non-work related messages. are working on. Supports collaboration on multiple devices with shared task lists/deadlines. Relevant items contains work-related items most frequently used in your current context (time/location) and tasks. 8
  8. 8. The device knowing what you need. HereConciergeModai proposes an area in the UI called In the morning Contextual suggestions Good nightthe Concierge that delivers contextually When you wake up, Modai greets you, and Modai can give you suggestions based on your If you notice, this nighttime screen doesn’trelevant content based on previous gives you the things you care about in the context. If you are at a bus stop, it may give have the weather widget. That is because morning: what the weather will be like today, you a shortcut to the bus schedule. If you were Modai has learned that you don’t need theusage and habits in different times and messages you’ve missed, things to do today. walking by the dining hall around lunchtime, it weather application at night (because the day’slocations. would pull up the dining menu for you. Modai weather has already passed). The Concierge cares and will try to give you all the information only delivers contextually relevant content. you want as easily as possible. 9
  9. 9. You knowing the device’s needs. Modai muscles The peelstand is made of santoprene with impregnated muscle wire within.Peelstand The muscle wire can move by itself and hold its form.The peelstand allows Modai to physicallymove by itself and expands possibilitiesto tangibly interact with the user. It letsModai express its emotions and needs. Muscle wire is a shape-changing wire that is electrically activated to move on its own. Lend a hand... or not The peelstand can move by itself, or you can physically actuate it. 10
  10. 10. You knowing the device’s needs.Wake up!Throughout the night, Modai slowly “gets up”.It sounds the alarm at its apex, which you cansnooze by slightly pushing Modai back.Kickin’ backThe peelstand also acts as a kickstand forentertainment purposes: both ways. Notifications By peeling back ever so slightly, Modai can indicate, face up, down, or nudging you in the pocket, that it needs your attention: whether it’s a text, a call, or a contextual suggestion! 11
  11. 11. You knowing the device’s needs.Avatar Battery lifeNot the blue ones. Modai’s graphical The avatar integrates battery status visually.avatar visually represents the device’s The status is linked with the emotion of the avatar, so it’s sad when it’s out of juice.status, including the paradigm you’re in,if you’re on a phone call, and the batterylife.The avatar furthers the emotionalconnection with a Tamagotchi-likecreature you can bond with. Speak up The avatar is also linked to the current volume of Modai. The size of the mouth is a gentle indication of how loud Modai is. Current status The avatar shows you what you’re currently zz doing, whether it’s working, on a call, or zz taking a picture. Need something? Since the avatar is a representation of Modai, it knows everything Modai does. Simply ask it through text or voice to find what you want, fast. 12
  12. 12. Meaningless interactions.Humaninteractions Put it to sleepBy looking at how humans interact with Modai’s capacitive sensors allow youone another, Modai proposes a few ways to stroke and pet Modai to sleep (with two quick strokes), instead of using a meaninglessto humanize actions, whether it’s shaking lock button.Modai awake, or shushing it by coveringthe speakers. Shhh... Whether you’re at a meeting or in class, simply put your finger over Modai’s earpiece or speaker to shush it. Sh-sh-sh shake it Shake Modai awake, just like you would to another person. To prevent accidental actuation, Modai can capacitively sense your grip. 13
  13. 13. Meaningless interactions. Open and close The open state visually indicates the need to be charged, and the closed state is a pleasant visual detail. You can still push it open with the charger, even when theI’m hungry! battery isn’t low.Modai is equipped with a charge port thatmagnetically opens and closes. Whenopen, a red interior is revealed, similar toa child saying “Ahh!”.This physical interaction is deeply linkedto the digital interaction of the avatar. Say “Ahh!” Modai is equipped with a magnetic charge port with 3 prongs for quick and easy charging. When battery is Digital + Physical low, the port automatically opens to The charge port is connected with the avatar. physical cue you to charge Modai. The digital seamlessly integrates with the physical to create a cohesive experience. 14
  14. 14. Technological advances. Say “Cheese” Audiophile 10.1 Megapixels, Miniature speakers, 200 ISO, f/1.4. auditorium sound.ModularinternalsTo circumvent the problem of outdatedtechnology, Modai has modular,upgradable internals. Simply peel backthe peelstand, and pull the tab torelease the internals. Battery Packs of paper-thin batteries last you days.Modular ModaiThe simple design of the internals allowscustomization, upgrading, and lengthensthe lifetime of the device significantly whileadding a bit of your personal flavorto the hardware. Hello? RAM Stereo-quality Faster and faster. recordings. CPU Modai’s brain. What about the others? The rest of the components evolve slower, and reside within the base: antenna, vibration motor, accelerometer, etc. 15
  15. 15. Technological advances. Step 2 Swap out the old parts, and install your new hardware. Step 1 Purchase your new parts. Step 3 Mail the old parts back with the same box. Simple!A sustainableecosystemModular internals open up the possibilityfor a friendly ecosystem between you and BeautifulModai’s manufacturers. and up to date. 16
  16. 16. A human deviceProject Modai is an exploratory design to inspirediscussion of what could be, and how, with newtechnologies, we can begin to think of our electricalcompanions as more than a tool, but a friend. 17