We decided to come up with ideas for Design for Disability.
- A mouse free computer for those who suffer from Carpel Tunnel.
- A phone app that would be able to read aloud to those with hearing disabilities or are blind.
- An app that would help you set up doctor’s appointments if you’re new to an area or need a new/special doctor.
Our interview group was looking for a wallet that had preventative measures of losing the wallet. It also needed aspects of mobility and security that would keep the wallet easy to carry but had some level of peace in mind. We created a wallet that could easily blend into the everyday life by having it placed on the wrist of each user. This could guarantee that losing the wallet is much more difficult because it is physically part of the user’s outfit.
We decided that our target end-user should be an athlete. After the presentation, we realized that athletes would get the most use out of our product and that they would benefit the most from it. It would allow athletes to have their important personal effects on-hand without the annoying weight of a wallet in his/her pocket or the swinging that occurs while running with a wallet in your pocket.
The one comment that we wanted to address about our wallet was the concern about card organization. We completely agree that our design lacks a way to organize cards. If given the opportunity to continue with this project, we would add a feature so that cards would be organized because we all know how frustrating it can be to find a specific card.
We had three ideas for the Wallet Prototypes.
We had the idea of an arm sleeve. This came from the idea that many girls either don’t have pockets to carry a wallet or the pockets are insufficient. It allows the user to not have to worry about carrying a wallet or even losing one because it would be a sleeve on your arm. The design could be as intricate as the user wants it to be. In the design in the following figure, you can see that this design looks like the user is wearing multiple bracelets on his/her arm; however, flipping the individual’s arm would show a small pocket where cards can be placed. This pocket would also have a small flap to close the opening so that cards would not fall out. The material would be soft and stretchy so that it could be worn by any user. We also felt like this would be the best to prototype, so we have figure below, as well.
We had another idea of creating a very small, but durable design. This wallet would be just large enough to fit cards and a bit of cash in it. The wallet would unzip fully so that the user would not be blindly placing cards in the wallet or reaching for the wrong card. It would also have a strap that would function similarly to a Wii-Remote strap. It would allow the user to tighten or loosen the strap so that the user wouldn’t even have to worry about carrying it. As you can see, there is also a small shield on the inside of the wallet. This indicates a tracking device in case you do lose your wallet.
The solution to the problem at hand that we had was the loss of the wallet. The first idea that was given was a string that is attached to the wrist and the the wallet so that with a push of the button the wallet can be summoned and never be lost. We thought that more could be done with the idea and have more futuristic options like having QR codes that can pay or a connection with apple pay so that the user can pay electronically through their wrists.