Through a series of interviews conducted over a broad range of users, many questions have been brought up about the overall accessibility of a wallet. The biggest key takeaway that was gathered was that unless you have a larger pocketbook or backpack, it is very hard or sometimes not possible to carry a wallet around. Bulkiness, risk of theft, and lack of clothes that can carry these wallets are all factors that are put into consideration. Overall unless the wallet is being used for aesthetic reasons, most prefer an object with easy access to personal identification, and credit cards/ physical currency (if on hand at all).
Aesthetic vs Function
As shown from the interviews, different consumers prefer and expect different functionalities from their wallet. Two key attributes differentiate the different prototype designs we created for the ideal wallet: The look of the wallet versus the function of the wallet.
Below, we rated the designs on a scale of 1 to 10 of whether we believe the design is more aesthetically pleasing or if we believe the design is more functional.
This concept stems from the popular concept from Amazon called Amazon Go. A cashierless system that eliminates lines and makes way for a system that is efficient and quick. This system will be linked to everyone’s personal account and once you walk out the store with your items, your account will automatically charged. This works from a series of sensors in the doorways of the story and the sensor you carry with you.
Quick and easy access to your funds and personal identification make this a more functional concept.
This system is as easy as a wave of your hand. With all the functions from the previous concept, this bracelet can bridge the gap between function and aesthetic. This gives people the option to make this just as customizable as a wallet is, without the bulky footprint.
As stated before, this i a fully customizable system which can allow the user to have a sense of individuality in the way phone cases are.
In a very futuristic approach, the implant eliminates the need to carry any sort of object all together. This has the possibility to drastically lower identity theft. This concept has obvious bugs that will arise, and it will surely spark controversy. This brings up the question of how far we are willing to go for convenience.
ID Display Wallet
The focus of this wallet was to prioritize the display of multiple identification cards while also providing an aesthetically pleasing “Classic” wallet look. The primary highlight of this wallet is the flap in the middle of the wallet that can hold an ID card on either side, allowing the consumer to easily flip between the two cards. Another aspect of this wallet are the slits that have been cut to easily allow for the removal of credit cards. This was another issue that came up during the interview phase. Also there is a slot near the bottom that is capable of holding a key.
Classic Wallet with ID Flap
In this wallet, the primary focus was functionality. This wallet is designed for the consumer whose sole purpose with the wallet is for quick access and use. In the front, there are three card slots with easy removal slits and a key holder at the bottom. In this middle, there is a slot for cash, receipts and other foldable items. On the back, there is a programmable nfc chip that is meant for contactless payments. Users should be able to program that chip through an app that sends credit card data to the chip. Theoretically, a pin should be used with contactless payments.
Billfold with NFC
This is another design that’s main focus is functionality with a “classic” wallet look. On the front and back of the wallet, there exists clear ID card holders so that multiple ID cards can be displayed at once. Though this may not be the best looking design, it allows the consumer to quickly display multiple ID cards at once, which was a priority that the interviewee requested.
Alan Liu + Gregory Borbon