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VIVE: A Smart Wristband with Integrated Sensors
Microsoft Design Expo: Concept Design (2014)
Design Research, Concepting, Interaction Design, Design, UI Design, Photography, Video, Branding, Marketing
University of Washington
Team Leaders: Axel Rosler & Nathan Auer
Team: Abigail Steinem, Gwenyth Hardiman, Dan Doan, Mason Catt, Kristina Colleen, Courtney Dutton
Vive is a smart wearable concept with integrated sensors that monitor the wearer’s biometrics related to alcohol consumption and keeps them synced up to their designated party group, so friends know if something’s wrong. It is designed to be desirable to young people, while keeping them safe and connected as they party. Vive leverages existing social networks, making sure individuals don’t get separated from their group. When things get out of control, Vive makes sure a user is not alone.
This project was done as part of Microsoft’s Design Expo. Each year Microsoft puts forth a new theme to invited schools (particularly high-ranking Interaction Design Programs) to use design to come up with new and innovative responses to that theme. The theme for 2014 was “In a world of billions of sensors, how will you live?”
Vive is a culmination of 10 weeks of research, design iteration, building, and envisioning a real future with our product in it. After presenting at Microsoft Design Expo, Vive and our team were awarded the “Best New Product” and lauded around the world for how it could truly intervene in the serious problem space of sexual assault in our society.
Initial secondary research was broken down into key areas and divided between team members to immerse us as quickly as possible into the world of sexual assault. To say the least, we were shocked and often horrified by the information we found and the lack of response from people to help and most specifically from the design world.
After extensive discussions and brainstorming sessions, a unique problem space started to emerge. Almost all of our secondary research indicated that there was a drastic increase of potential sexual assault for people between the ages of 18-30. Additionally, this was the age group where sexual assault went the most un-reported as well. Both of these indicators helped us decide that this was the problem space that as a team we wanted to try to address and see if we could come up with an interventional design.
Microsoft Design Expo Concept Presentation (excerpts).
Team Vive (including Team Leaders) with Bill Buxton at Microsoft Design Expo after presenting and being selected as the “Best New Product” out of nine top Interaction Design Programs from Brazil, Israel, Denmark, and the UK that also presented.
Poster for Demo Conference Session
This session was open to all attendees of the Microsoft Faculty Summit, Design Expo. This was a fantastic experience to get amazing feedback from people all over the world and to discuss the future of Vive as part of an incubator or accelerator. The experience was invaluable as a learning and professional experience.