Vortex

  • Digital ritual water mixing experience that is like making a magic potion.

  • This class is an open interaction studio class that students will pick their own projects. My goal is to express my unique self as a designer and to make one graduation show project that utilized my skills in interaction design as well as physical computing. After days of struggling with the BIG idea, I finally decided to just tackle a really SIMPLE problem and make it FUN.

FINAL INSTALLATION

STARTED WITH A PROBLEM

The problem I started with is "MOST PEOPLE DON'T DRINK ENOUGH WATER". With a few short interviews with people around, I summerized three obstacles: TASTE, BORING and FORGETTING.

“Fountain water tastes nasty.”

“Drinking water is boring.”

“I always forget to drink water.”

CONCEPT STATEMENT (1st Version)

Enourage people to drink more water by enhancing the taste and making it fun.

THE INSPIRATION

As a coffee enthusiast, I'm always amazed by the ritual barista culture. The transparency of the process, the ritual experience, the expertise, the magic flavor, the whole performance and the personal connection all together make it such a special thing.

Ritual

Personal Connection

Magic

performance

Expertise

Transparency

IDEATIONS

1st PROTOTYPE

Insights:

  • From the user feedback, the simple computer pan magnet stirring plate already brings the magical feeling and realtime performance value.
  • The stirring power is strong enough to dissolve all the power selected.

Diagram:

CONCEPT STATEMENT (2nd Version)

A personalized water filtration system inspired by ritual coffee barista culture.

2nd PROTOTYPE

Insights:

  • With user testing, I went with the push button design instead of the mechanical on-off switch because it makes user feel more connected to the device. And it simulates the analog stick stirring experience.
  • By making the control wireless, it brings more magical feeling to the user.

Diagram:

IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT

INTERFACE (1st Version)

SYSTEM DIAGRAM

CONCEPT STATEMENT (3rd Version)

Personalized water filtration and mixing experience that is almost like making a magic potion!

INTERFACE (2nd Version)

Based on feedback, the interface shifted from a standard menu into more abstract. It is designed to give user a more ritual feeling. I also changed the sliders into push buttons that matches the analog experience of pouring.