The illustrated report of my working process of the smart city project
In this project, we are going to envision the possible of near future for a range of systems in our urban environments. My topic is about the application of fitness and wearable devices. It is a system that creates large number of debates in contemporary society.
The progress based on a serials secondary research, which includes the history of fitness devices, the diversity function of the health-care applications and the technologies that used on the system. In the mean time, I have also collected some initial databases by doing questionnaire and some self-experimental. With these researches and tests, I found issues that the fitness devices system influences on human beings. For instance, the miss calculating of the steps, I tried to use the fitness application in my smart phone to monitor my daily walking steps, however, it did not record accurate. It inspired me to create the ‘evil video’ to illustrate how users could trick their health-care devices.
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After that, I thought to improve the flaw by using the driver of change. In this project, the driver of change could be the function. Firstly, it creates Eco-cities (see Image 1). Secondly, it significantly resolves the loss of privacy (see Image 2). Therefore, I come up with two ideas. The first concept is about to create a fitness device that could transfer the energy from user activities to the power to charge for the device. And the second idea aims to encourage people to do exercise and offer them in privacy at the same time. As Poole (2014) points out in the Guardian “It is the city not with smart phones, but with publicity funded sports facilities and a cable car connecting them to the city.” It means that the target is to create an environment friendly and user-friendly city with high quality public lives in the future. Therefore, I deem that the second idea works more coincidence to the definition about the smart city and I would like to keep developing it.
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The final result named ‘Mirror Mirror’, which looks like an application on a mirror (see Image 3&4). The concept inspired from shadows. Due to the development of economics, people become busy and lonely than before. Daily Mail (2008) indicates “University of Bristol researchers found that people’s general mood improved on days of exercise but they became less calm on non-exercise days.” It means that doing exercise could make human beings keep healthy. The BBC News (2006) reports that, “according to the British Chiropractic Association, People who work in offices are among the most likely to suffer from back pain”. According to this news, they have clearly shown that a lot of office workers are lack of exercise, and high potentially face to a threat of their health. My idea is to set up a fitness device that could helps office worker to keep their health without spending a bunch of time. It could let them do some basic exercises in their offices or houses. The application could recognise the users once they are in front of the mirror. Users only need to scan their fingerprints on the ‘Mirror Mirror’, then, they could do the fitness everywhere with the device. The office worker could use only 5 minutes to do exercise before they go to work or even in the office.
After the final presentation with Kin design in London, I realised that this project has a lot of flaws need to improve. For instance, the Mirror-Mirror application is too simple as a normal app in our smartphones. It will be much better if I could offer my app more personality. This advice makes me re-think of all my design pieces, and will lead me to consider deeply of my future design work as well.
To sum up, my system is to help users who might encounter a bad living habit but would like to have a health habit. It lets exercise become more flexible and convenience. I hope I could use this experience to do more creative things in terms of my learning from this working process.
Daily Mail Reporter. (2008). People who exercise on workdays are happier, suffer less stress and are more productive.Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1095783/People-exercise-work-days-happier-suffer-stress-productive.html
Foresight, A. (2012). Drivers of change. Retrieved from http://www.driversofchange.com/tools
Poole, S. (2014). The truth about smart cities:’ In the end, they will destroy democracy’. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/dec/17/truth-smart-city-destroy-democracy-urban-thinkers-buzzphrase
The BBC. (2006). Office workers risk back strain. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6058008.stm
Image 1. Eco-Cities. Retrieved from http://www.driversofchange.com/tools/doc/urbanisation/eco-cities/
Image 2. User-Certricity. Retrieved from http://www.driversofchange.com/tools/doc/convergence/user-centricity/
Image 3. Mirror Mirror Fitness Application Menu. Self Photograph.
Image 4. Mirror Mirror Fitness Application Track. Self Photograph.