Touchscreen Keyboard for the Blind

Malayalam Keyboard for Blind

September - November 2013, IDC, IIT Bombay

Design Project II, Guide: Prof. Anirudha Joshi

The lack of effective devices that could help people in typing in local languages was always been a problem in India. When It comes to touchscreen devices, Blind people were reluctant to use it, My project aim is to identify what are the problems they face and provide an effective solution

Here I substitute vision with Haptic and Voice for the better Interaction between the visually impaired user and the Touchscreen, Letting the user know where he is, Giving two types of feedback to the user: What am I typing, What have I typed.

My Role: User studies, Affinity mapping, Identifying problems, Concept generation, Theoretical Modelling, Prototyping in android(took help), Usability evaluation, Final Concept

Mudra is a prototype that was built to evaluate the findings with the Blind users, Based on the testing, the final design was made.

Flexible Workspace for Researchers

Switch : Reducing Noise

May - June 2013, TU Darmstadt, Germany

The project concentrated on the area of flexible work spaces, which is about enabling employees with a greater control of their work-life balance to deliver better results.

By employing various methods of primary research, the team worked on identifying the issues and needs in the current context (IAD) and find areas where design can intervene to make life better for the employees. The goal of the project was to reduce the impact of various factors on the employees’ life, thereby increasing their productivity and efficiency

Team Members for User study: Jaison Jacob, Sourabh Patteriya and Naveed Ahmed

My Role: User Research, Affinity Mapping, Identifying problems, Concept generation

SWITCH: A personalized workstation, where you can set your status, control your office phone with an IVR, monitor the number of people coming inside the workspace and thereby reduce the noise in Work-environment

Reversing System for Low Cost Cars

Vehicle Ergonomics

Course exercise, Guide: Prof. G G Ray

To find the process used by people to reverse their car, differences in techniques used by different users, drawbacks in current facility and finally design a product to solve the above issues.

Team Members: Jaison Jacob, Sajal Nagwanshi, Vrushali Patil and Prasant Sachan.

My Role: User research, field study, Illustrations/Visualizations and concept

We also wrote a paper on the research we did, presented at India HCI, September 2013

The rear view mirror was replaced by a highly reflective screen that can act as a mirror also. The blind zones behind the car were clipped away using a 360 degree cam feed from behind and augmented reality, giving driver the freedom to see everything behind, with the edges of car marked on the interface

Windless Chime

Windless Chime

2 day Workshop, Guide: Mooshir Vahanvati

We wanted to create a lovely ambience with chimes in spaces where there is no wind. The chimes would ring when the people pass by, hence surprising and making them happy in unexpected places.

Our concept was to create a chime that would start chiming as soon as it detects the presence of people nearby. i.e, that can interact with the surroundings

Team Members: Jaison Jacob, Rachel Shah, Roop Narayan Sahoo and Prasant Sachan.

My Role: Created programs in processing and made the hardware prototype.

Windless Chime : During prototyping session