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The Airloom: Prototype 3.0

What Did We Come Up With?
The Airloom is a device that passively records conversations and photographs family members around the dinner table.

Concept Map
The team got together to create the concept map for the Airloom. To summarize the map below, the Airloom is a device that is passed down within a family that helps us to reflect and bond together via shared experiences through the collection of conversations and photographs.

The concept map for the Airloom

The concept map for the Airloom

Our Persona and Her Daily Activities
We focused on one persona at two different points in her life. This helped us to figure out what values Doris maintained as she aged and what exactly could we provide her with in the present time in order to help her maintain those values.

Doris, 38

Doris, 38

Doris Jackson, 38
Family Life

  • Married for 10 years
  • 2 children (4 & 9)
  • 2 sisters (1 lives in NY & one in Tucson, AZ)

Life

  • Lives in a brownstone in Park Slope
  • Editor for InStyle Magazine
  • From Tucson, AZ

Interests

  • Blogs/Twitter/Facebook
  • Part of food co-op
  • Spinning classes, yoga
  • Attending conferences/traveling for job
  • Tech trends
  • Parties and socializing
  • Children’s education and extra-curricular activities

Most Important

  • Chlidren and family
  • Career
  • Staying fit
  • Keeping up with friends
  • Obtaining/keeping memories

Fears

  • Losing her job
  • Missing out on her kids because of work
  • Dying early
  • Paying for her children’s education
  • Being a bad mother
Doris, 84

Doris, 84

Doris Jackson, 84

Family Life

  • Widowed 10 years
  • 2 children, ages 50 & 55
  • 7 grandchildren, ages 12-20
  • 1 living sister, age 81
  • 1 deceased sister, died at age 45 in a car accident

Life

  • Online magazine editor, industry leader, retired
  • Lives alone
  • Condo owner
  • Independent lifestyle

Interests

  • Keeps blog
  • Gardens in a community garden
  • Water aerobics 2x per week
  • Has a large online network
  • Dwindling network due to death/old age
  • Keeps in close contact with smaller group
  • Uses video chat and many screen interfaces

Most Important

  • Family, she loves to hear about her grandchildren
  • Staying in touch with her doctors
  • Her blog and connection to the media as a form of connectedness and expression
  • Writing daily

Fears

  • Losing ability to write/publish her blog
  • Losing her memories
  • Being dependent
  • Being alone

Reporting/Managing Experience
The following sketches show how the Airloom reports data along with how a user interacts with that data.

Reporting/Managing Experience - Sketch by Russ Maschmeyer

Reporting/Managing Experience - Sketch by Russ Maschmeyer

Collection Experience
Last but not least, is how the Airloom records data.

Sketches for Collection Experience - Sketches by Evinn Quinn

Sketches for Collection Experience - Sketches by Evinn Quinn

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  • 01 Mar 2010

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