A. What are the specific questions you are attempting to answer in your prototype?
- Do participants find the texture of conductive inks good enough to experience my project?
- Considering age 4 to 7, isn’t black color of conductive inks too plain for them to play with it?
- Do participants receive instant feedback when they touch and step your prototype?
- What input/output would make children curious and keep them engaged in it?
B. What are the five strengths of your project?
- An educational purpose that facilitates children to learn their emotional vocabulary and express their feelings and emotions clear.
- Immediate response that participants will experience with responsive interaction through tactile and auditory senses when exploring images on my project, which keeps them engaged in.
- Sensory experience that helps children build and understand emotional vocabulary better.
- Physical activity that kids’ mobility in the context of experience assists to learn emotional vocabulary.
C. What are the five most critical issues for your project?
- Monotonous conductive ink and a flat surface – boring and exciting
- Durability of conductive ink – illustrations on the surface would not last long because of frequent touching and stepping of them.
- Safety - Sharp edges and hard surface causes children get injured.
- Lack of opportunity to experiment my prototype on children.
D. What can you do to address these issues, and to solidify the strengths?
- Using thermo-chromic pigments and acrylic color will make installation more vibrant.
- I will stuff wool under each face in order to make faces bulging so that children will experience various heights of them.
- Instead of a hard paper, I will apply fabric onto the surface of my project to print illustrations. As bumpy faces with thermo-chromic pigments will be on the top of fabric, kids will experience different colors changing according to their body temperature.
- Conductive ink will be used to paint circuit.
- Foam sheets will be laid between the fabric and hard wooden floor, letting children touch and step on my project without harm.
- I will visit preschools in New York City and ask instructors for help.
D. Can you intuitively ask some new questions?
F. What questions need to be answered in order to create a proof of concept prototype?
- Are you able to explain the target for your project?
- What are the physical characteristics (height, weight) of them?
- Do you try to make a mini prototype in order to develop the interface and design and understand how you are going to produce the results?
G. Are you on the right path or do you need to change direction, and if so, how will you do that?
- I am on the right track. I believe that the best way to reinforce my prototype are user testing and by trial and error.