Work Scan Send
The goal of the project was to explore what the design studio learning environment of the future might be. This project required an extensive amount of research and thought between the physical and digital components of the proposed idea. It was completed within the span of two weeks in my Environments Studio.
As a designer, the white board is a valuable tool for brainstorming, collaborating, and sketching. Once we're done working, the next step is to take a photo with our phone to save the work. This results in low quality documentation. The problem I wanted to solve: how can users conveniently and efficiently obtain their whiteboard notes?
Scanning sketchbook pages is an efficient way for students to digitally document their sketches. I thought this would be a viable solution to the problem. Despite the high fidelity a scanner delivers, cropping off an area is not an option for most conventional scanners. This was an issue I wanted to include into my proposal. My initial idea was a tape that users would use to tape off the area they wished to capture through the scanner. Through trial and error, I found taping was successful in the sense it completed the task, but was cumbersome.
This was the first video trial I filmed to implement my concept and see what needed to be improved. I also started on the wireframes for the app itself. The black object used was in place of what would be a scanner.
Students are working on a project together. They decide to send specific parts of their work to their friend at home for some advice.
bringing it all together
After filming the conceptual video, I quickly found that taping worked, but required too much work. (People like quick and effortless results) I then ventured onto gestural input. With technology advancing exponentially, gestures are quickly becoming more prevalent in our daily lives. Despite the appeal and "simplicity", gestures provide no tactile response. This is inefficient and causes frustration and inaccuracy. To avoid this problem, I wanted to combine the best of both worlds.
A scanner and "cap" would be provided to the user. Once the scanner is placed on the whiteboard, the user can place the cap onto the back of any white board marker. The user can then circle, square, whatever shape they want the area of the whiteboard they wish to document. The physical movement and direct contact to the board provide both tactile response and connivence.