On January 19th, we interviewed two of our classmates’ to learn about the features and designs they wished to see in their wallets. Here are some of the key points from the interview:
- Often, we only need to carry the essentials (Driver’s License, Credit cards, Hokie Passport). Noting this, it would be convenient to have a wallet that is minimal, compact, and quickly accessible, but secure.
- Phone-case wallets already exist, but it would be convenient to have a wallet that can quickly attach and detach from the phone. We aren’t talking about those crappy, rubbery things to stick to the back of your phone. We are talking about something more elegant, versatile, and multifaceted.
- It would be nice to see a wallet that has a Find My Wallet feature. This feature would be beneficial in finding a lost wallet in close proximity (such as losing one’s wallet at home), or somewhere more remote (dropping one’s wallet at a bar).
The key points described above initiated our design and prototyping process. We began this process on January 21st.
Here are some details about Design 1:
We wanted to design something that serves as a wallet and phone case. Rather than having a phone case that has the ability to hold a few essentials, we wanted to design a multi-faceted wallet that has the ability to serve as a phone case.
- To quickly access essentials (Driver’s license, Hokie Passport, Credit cards), a compact attachment with a few slots is provided. This unit can either be carried alone, or attached to the dorsal or interior part of the wallet.
- The interior of the wallet contains two regions.
- On one side, the attachment described in the first bullet point can be attached. A slot has also been built into this side to store bills.
- On the other side, a magnetic base is provided to hold a cell phone. Behind the magnetic base, between the interior and dorsal part of the wallet, a zipper has been provided to store coins and other small items.
- Overall, this design provides the user with an opportunity to customize the wallet as they desire. The customizations allow the wallet to be very compact (serving the need of carrying just a few items), but can also be made to serve the needs of a traditional wallet with the added feature of carrying a phone.
Here are some details about Design 2:
- Design 1 tries to embrace the idea of a minimal, compact, quickly accessible, and secure wallet. The wallet’s size is comparable to a standard credit card with just enough space to slide in 3-4 cards. It is not built to hold cash.
- In order to keep the items within the wallet safe, a button on the wallet must be firmly pressed. This will eject the key items in the wallet. To reset the button, the cards are simply slid back in.
- Have you ever heard of tile? Tile is a handy little attachment that helps keep track of keys, bags, and other important items using your phone, bluetooth, and the Internet. In this wallet design, we extend a similar technology, so you can find your lost wallet.
Here are some details about Design 3:
- Often, when several items are being carried in one’s pockets, it is inconvenient pulling items out and putting them back in. Constantly reaching into pockets also introduces the risk of accidentally removing/dropping an arbitrary item that was not being reached for by the user. This design attempts to make the wallet more convenient and accessible, but harder to lose.
- This wallet wraps around one’s wrist. It provides a convenient way of accessing essential items (Driver’s license, Hokie Passport, Credit cards) while also providing a slot for storing cash.
- To prevent the cards from bending, cards are stored in the center of the wallet aligning with the top of the wrist.
Prototype for Design 3: