Monday, December 12, 2011

Breaking News!

        We have completely changed our plan for our final project! Sophie, Kat, and I spent a great deal of time brainstorming ideas for how our MUSE interface would look and work but we ended up hitting a lot of walls in the design process. The three of us all have very different ideas of what the final product should look like and what it should focus on. I'm really excited about having a private time for generating ideas as well as finding a way to very easily organize and share those ideas. Sophie is more interested in individual versus group brainstorming time and how the two can be integrated. Kat has a lot of ideas for the different mediums that people should be able to use when expressing ideas and for how they can be connected to each other. All in all, when the three of us try to combine our ideas we basically get very overwhelmed and struggle to see how they can all fit together. On top of that, we are having the hardest time figuring out what the physical object that represents each idea should look like, how it will display the idea in a way that everyone can remember what the idea is, and how the space won't get too cluttered or disorganized.
        Ultimately, during our most recent brainstorming session, we decided to brainstorm completely new problems that may not have existing solutions. We zeroed in on the problem that Wellesley students have an incredible drive for success while at the same time are often significantly lacking in the amount of effort they are willing to put into taking care of themselves. Kat, Sophie, and I realized that we all do want to take care of our bodies but we often lose track of how much water we've drunk, forget to exercise or eat, and lose track of how much we're sleeping. We also recognize that many Wellesley students have a hard time finding time to actually be with friends and don't make that a priority. As a solution to this problem we've decided we are going to design a Super Wendy Suit that tracks food and water intake, sleep and exercise time, as well as social interactions! We are planning on using sensors to track all of these activities and then designing a mobile application called "Vital Signs" that looks like a Pokemon card and will report how healthy the user is and what they need to do in order to improve their condition. We are really, really excited about this new plan and feel so much better about it than we felt about our Surface application. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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