Sid: Active Together
For the final one week project in my prototyping study, we got to develop any concept that we wanted. I decided to work with Susanne, since we both enjoyed working with Arduino and we both had a passion for app based accessories.
Our prototype was a connected toy designed to motivate children to step away from the screen, get up, and move. This prototype was inspired by research completed by a team last quarter, and we decided to take their design concept a step further.
Our final output was Sid, an interactive toy ball connected with a wearable devices. Sid sends notifications through a smart watch and has visual/audio feedback located in the ball. When Sid has not been played with for a while, he turns blue (sad), if he has had enough activity he turns yellow (happy).
Other forms of feedback are listed in the next section.
The goal of testing this prototype was to evaluate the feedback and whether the children understood and enjoyed it.