– U-Personal Smart Mirror –
U combines the functionality of a normal mirror with the benefits of a digital experience. Users can easily configure in an app, which widgets they want so see. From health data over fitness recommendations to entertainment, everything is possible.
Integrated into our audiences daily life, this platform seamlessly connects their whole wearable ecosystem to display all the important health and fitness data on one single point.
By researching our audience with interviews, empathy maps, personas and journeys, we were able to get an overview of the basic tasks of the system. By investigating the user journeys we noticed a digital gap. This gap was the mirror. After analyzing the key function and the role of a mirror in our daily life we built up clear design criteria’s which formed the foundation of the upcoming design process.
Through analyzing products and different solutions of a smart mirror we quickly noticed that nearly every smart mirror wasn´t user-friendly at all. Most of them even distorted the function of a mirror. The mirror itself was developed for people, which want to see the reflection of themselves. This key function should never be touched or distorted.
With that in mind, we built up base principles of our vision about a user-friendly mirror.
If we want to adapt technology into a mirror, we have to provide an interface, which is able to organize itself around people’s bodies. Or the interface is adapting to the users' reflection. But a user should never be forced to “touch” a mirror.
The mirror should not be treated as a display for like desktop computers. The interface should be visible if it's needed and hidden if it´s not used.
After ideating about our product vision, we defined the main features. Consequently, we contextualized them and defined them in structural wireframes. This also included a easy to use navigation with a minimum expenditure of cognitive effort.
We prototyped first drafts of the modular design concept in Axure. This gave us a better understanding how the system can be usable and experienced on a daily basis. Finally, we built up a modular design system that is based on the users' needs and supports them to focus on their long time goal.
By actually building our prototype we designed the interface in Sketch (App) and coded the functionality in Processing.
Our visual style was driven by a clear and meaningful interface. This supports the user with a structured presentation of all the important health information.
Users can easily access their personal health data. In the lower picture are the different states what the mirror can provide.
If users like to have a daily, weekly or even a long-term goal, they easily can get rewarded for their achievements.
To make the whole experience tangible, we developed a fully working prototype in multiple iterations. Through computer vision and gesture recognition, we enable our audience to truly intuitively interact with the IoT device.