Luna was developed during the course 'Interaction and Electronics'. With a team of five, we were assigned the theme 'conserving energy' and tasked with designing an electronic product with both software and hardware. The assignment also focused on designing the user's interaction with the product and on doing user research.
We defined our target group as 'first time parents' as we believed that they would be motivated to conserve energy for the sake of their child. Talking to multiple parents however revealed that this is not true. Consumed by the responsibility of taking care of a baby - and all the nonstop chores associated with it - parents found there was little time nor energy to worry about the environment. So we decided to create a product that is focused on helping in the parent's daily chores and saves energy in the process. After designing and prototyping the product, we conducted another test with the same parents. Overall they were enthusiastic about the concept, however based on some feedback and our own interest in broadening the target group we completely redesigned the product once more.
After 10 weeks of part time work, we have created a complete product concept covering both the software, hardware and interaction. Although no technical detailing has been done, feasibility is evident and user research indicates there to be interest in the market. Being a very complete concept, it provides a stable base for the next phase of detailing and design.