Project Title: Travel Time Tip - Design Process of a Smart Glove
The Travel Time Tip project exemplifies a comprehensive design process applied to address the challenge of improving the public transit experience, particularly focusing on information accessibility and convenience. This portfolio highlights the step-by-step journey from empathizing with users to prototyping and testing a tangible solution.
1. Empathizing: The project began with user research at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, identifying diverse needs and challenges related to public transit and mobility.
2. Empathy Map & Personas: Understanding user perspectives led to the creation of personas like students, parents, and the elderly, enhancing empathy and guiding solution development.
3. Define & Ideation: Refining insights into a specific problem statement and brainstorming innovative solutions, including smart bus stops, interactive train stations, and wearable technology.
4. Prototyping: Iterative prototyping involved low-fidelity sketches, paper prototypes, and ultimately, a functional smart glove prototype integrated with displays and Arduino technology.
5. Testing & Iteration: User testing sessions provided valuable feedback for refining the glove's design, interface, and functionalities, ensuring usability and user satisfaction.
6. Final Product: The Travel Time Tip smart glove offers real-time transit information, probability indicators, and an intuitive user interface, tailored for cold climates and public transit users.
The project emphasizes the added value of the Travel Time Tip gloves in enhancing informational accessibility, convenience, and user control over mobility experiences. Features like audio functionality, automatic updates, and map interfaces further enrich the user experience.
Reflecting on the design process, the portfolio acknowledges the importance of user-centric design, iterative prototyping, and flexibility in problem-solving. It highlights the learning experiences and challenges encountered, underscoring the value of reevaluation and adaptation throughout the project lifecycle.
The Travel Time Tip project demonstrates a holistic approach to design thinking, culminating in a tangible solution that addresses real-world challenges faced by public transit users. With a focus on empathy, innovation, and user feedback, the project exemplifies the potential of design to create meaningful and impactful solutions for complex problems.