Category: LTM News
November 2, 2015

With the third and last design iteration launched during the past workshop in Eindhoven, prototyping activity is on track and some good demonstrators are already available.

Design partner Pilotfish explains their design process: "At Pilotfish we make quick, experiential prototypes to explore and understand the value of newly proposed user experiences in our ongoing conversations with our clients. We often use these experiential prototypes to validate our ideas with the target user and collect valuable information on how to improve the experience and our proposal.

The first proof of concept prototype was built in order to understand the possibilities and constraints of the Intuitive Headphones. How do we really experience a headset that would start playing music by simply putting it on your head? We were also interested in how the light feedback would be perceived by the users and the people around them. Using bend sensors, LEDs and Arduino, we simulated the flexible Piezo Sensors and OLEDs that would be part of the LTM material. The POC helped us to verify that the proposal is valid and that end-users will intuitively control music by picking up the headphones or by twisting it. Also, we learned that the user does not see the visual feedback on the headphones. The visual information shown on the headphones is most useful when acting as a warning light and to express the customer’s identity to other people, rather than to themselves. To take a step closer towards the final design vision, a second prototype is being build, combining a smart LTM strip on top of headphones. By packaging Electro Luminescence strips (instead of LEDs) and other sensors into an autonomous strip assembled on the headphones, we can also understand more about the constraints related to the composition and production of the smart material."