My Role:
UX Designer/ Product Designer
Team:
Julia, Gaby, Porfirio, Casey, Ross, Omzee
Brief:
"How might we ease social isolation in a way that emulated real-life social gatherings?"
Tools Used:

Illustrator, XD, Photoshop

Miro, Zoom, Google Suite

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Product Design Case Study
Proposed Solution

Hub with Remote attatched

A home-scale projector equipped with a camera, controller and virtual games that will be used as a life-size immersive social platform to facilitate interactions between people around the world.


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Design Research
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Heuristic Evaluations and Key Results and Insights
We created a Heuristic Evaluation to check how our concept and UI would work with users. This helped us to flush out our design. We learned that we were on the right track with the results of our evaluation.
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System Diagram
In initial conceptualization we came into the issue that we were sure what the communication between the different features. I created a System Diagram to help us visualize our products communication
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Initial Product Design Brainstorm 
Casey and I first started sketching thumbnails first. We brainstormed and picked the best one in accordance to what would  be most realistic for our need or product.
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Initial Concept
Here are the first two initial sketches.
Drawn by: Casey

Controller

We added buttons to the remote so they have the ability to play video games through the Hub.

Hub & Dock

We created the hub with an adjustable neck that can capture the users image and move as the user moves

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2nd Round of Iterations
Drawn by: Casey
Hub 
This is the second iteration we had the challenge of making the charging dock part of the main hub structure. We went from a small circle to a curved base to make the hub an artistic structure. We also experimented with the remote and how we could build that into the structure.


Remote

For using the Interface and Gaming 

Doc

Charging & HDMI

Drawn by: Casey
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Final Iterations
Hub & Dock Sketch
Drawn by: Casey
We then added more sculptural features to the Hub to create more of an art piece one can have in their home. After we created the final sketch we drew these mockups of the Dock, Hub, and the Controller.

Controller

Hub standing alone

For the remote instead of have buttons and a joystick we changed it to a touch screen so that we could change the UI screens on the remote for different tasks throughout the Hub.

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Paper Prototype
It was important that we build a paper prototype, we needed to visualize the concept and think about how we could manufacture the Hub and what materials we need.
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First Physcial Mock Up
Cone was created by using the top of an orange safety cone.
Remote & Top of camera created with styrofoam that was
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Fusion 3D Model
After we had our final sketches I oversaw the Fusion 360 building. I oversaw Porfirio on creating the remote. And Casey create the Hub form and the HDMI/charging Dock.

Fusion 360
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Prototype Building
We then knew all the forms we needed to create for the prototype. We created the Hub fully out of wood to get a real feel for the final product. Casey and I used a lathe to create the Hub form and other tools to create the controller.
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HiFi Prototype
We added fabric for the speaker part

Then printed out the main UI and glued that on the controller so we could have a real product to show.
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Color Combinations
Finishes and Fabrics: 
Wood & Fabric:
1. Hazelwood/ Silver Gray
2. Espresso/ Sandstorm
3. Walnut/ Heather Grey
Plastic & Fabric:
1. Grey/ Aquamarine
2. Black/ Yellow
3. White/ Wedgewood
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Successes
We had many successes such as creating the HI-FI prototype. When creating the prototype we made. And the seamless UI that goes with the product.
Challenges
We had a couple different challenges. One was that we weren't sure how to build the hi-fi prototype. We decided to make it out of wood but when we were creating the base we weren't able to make it seamlessly fit together so we etched it out with a dremel tool to simulate the two pieces. We are still going to find a way to make the base and the main Hub come apart. 
Future Possibilities
A future possibility is to create live entertainment/ concerts from artists. And to create games that can be played on the Hub.
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UI Design
Although I was on the product design team. In the beginning of the project I helped with conceptualizing the UI. Below is the final concepts including a product demonstration video, How it work, and UI chat screens.
How the Hub works
Drawn by: Casey

Log on to the Hub

Choice how you want to join a call:

Start hangout, join a hangout (with code), Or see what's around (view activities)

There’s a where she can select from a list of different atmospheres. It’s Friday night, she made herself a martini and she wants to go to a bar.

She is very surprised with the amount of people that are online. She considers that maybe everyone is having a hard time quarantining at home. Kelly walks around and explores using the touchpad on her remote. She can choose to talk to people by using the remote. 

She clicks on an avatar to start a conversation. She uses the remote to type a message to this other avatar.

You have the option when joining a video to show how much of your surrounding that you would want to be shown. 

Similarly to a Jukebox, SID has the ability to play music within the hangouts. Friends can request  songs but only the host can skip them.

In hangouts Kelly and Stenzy play games and get to know each other. Kelly is having a great time and doesn't feel bored anymore.

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Video Chat Interface
It was very important that we took time to design the different video chat layouts. We understood that our users would be showing either vertical or horizontal layouts and needed to create proposed layouts for these two angles to be in one chat.
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