SEE HOW IT WORKS

INTERACTION DESIGN, CIRCUIT DESIGN, PROTOTYPING, PRODUCT DESIGN


Intro

A Mug that Tracks Your Shcedule

HourGlass is a time tracker that allows people to track their schedules inconspicuously through the natural motion of drinking from a mug.

Role: Interaction Designer, UX Researcher, Prototyping, Electrical Engineer

Features

Track Appointment

The primary way is via synchronizing wirelessly with a user’s online calendar (we prototyped this using the Google Calendar API). HourGlass automatically downloads the current day’s appointments

Or using the buttons on the circuit piece of the clock to manually set an appointment and/or the current time.

Target Users

The story from a therapist

The Process


How

How we choose this specific target user? And how we develop the functional prototype?

The Process

Journey Map

We began with brainstorming user groups and then journey maps to identify use cases for those groups. We decided to move forward with our therapist user group and the use case of needing to inconspicuously check the time.

The Process

Prototyping

The process of how to pitch the material to develop both looks-like and wroks-like models.

Early experiments:

We went through many rounds of looks-like and works-like prototype iterations until we were finally able to converge on our final, single, looks-like and works-like prototype.

Early experiments:
Left

Light can be seen through coffe under a plastic cup.

Middle

With some milk, light will be blocked.

Early experiments:

From our iterations, we realized that the best way to view light through any liquid would be to light the rim of the glass and that we could create a three-layer model with an opaque inside and outside and clear middle layer.

Prototyping

Arduino

Prototyping

Circuit

When our main functionality and sensors were established, we were able to create our custom PCB (which also helped determine the final size specs for the looks-like prototype). We used KiCad to create a logic schematic and then the footprint.