- Date:June 21, 2017
- Categorie:Tangible products
In this design project our group focussed on including the strength collaboration in our tangible design. Our design is a system of connected products, I think this limits the possibility for tangible collaboration. The collaboration is achieved over a distance through a connected system and this makes the interaction less tangible for me. Our concept achieved to include collaboration by making it easy accessible for different users with a system of products. The users can switch to different projects/topics on the product, to speak with each other in real time. The live communication makes it possible to interrupt and react quickly to others this is beneficial for collaboration. The strength collaboration is also supported in our concept through seeing the amount of people talking about a certain project/topic. For example if the user needs to ask something at the IT desk, he/she can see if it is really busy at the chat for IT and go to that chat when it is less busy. Or the user can see that there is a big shift of employees going to the chat lunch, this way the user can see what other employees are talking about. I think it would also have been beneficial for the collaboration to have the possibility to see which person is in which chat and to have the ability to ask certain people to come to another chat. We also paid attention to the scalability of our concept. We looked at how to use this concept with many users and many projects. The design of our concept is based on the design of an old radio, the frequency shifter of the radio makes the concept really scalable. This design also adds the strength of strong-specificness to our concept. Because the product strongly resembles the design of a radio, the user knows how to use it and gets the expected feedback in the form of audio. The frequency shifter can be used to easily slide from one project/topic to the other. It is easy to scroll through a big amount of projects/topics. And the range for the amount of projects/topics in the product could be adapted to a large amount of projects and topics. To help make scrolling through the different projects/topics more efficient, every user has his/her own account. The user can log into the device with a personal card, which can be swept along the side of the product. When logged into their own account the user will only be able to hear the projects/topics, they are linked to. This way the user does not have to scroll through all the projects in the company. I think we could have made the concept more tangible by making one messaging device for every department in a firm. And instead of having live communication, leave messages. The device should be accessible for different employees at the same time. And users should be able to see not only the amount of people leaving messages on a certain topic, but also send invites to people to read messages from certain topics. In this case there should also be a possibility to take reminders with you or pass reminders to other users.