1) PDF Presentation: Walraven_Wallet
2) Tagline: “A Practical Solution” –I picked this tagline, because I think it accurately describes the wallet design I developed. It isn’t too much different from a standard bi-fold wallet, except that it makes it easier to reveal Identification, and it offers a practical solution to the problem of storing change for people who use cash.
3) My persona is a conglomerate person, based on the people I interviewed for feedback: Chad–A junior engineer, studying at Virginia Tech. He is a busy man and tries to be as efficient as possible. He likes his basic, bi-fold wallet well enough, but he wishes it had a way of quickly storing the change he collects when making a cash transaction. Also, when he uses the Blacksburg Transit system, he dislikes having to unfold his wallet and pull out his ID card to show to the bus driver.
4) Post-It Note: “Change slot is mostly a feminine attribute; is this for a certain gender?” My Response: First, I want to address the question and say that my user group was all male, but I didn’t really have a gender in mind when I was designing mine. Second, I want to address the initial assertion that a change slot is “mostly a feminine attribute.” Is this really true? If so, why would that be the case? From my perspective, a place to store change hardly seems like a gender-specific element, so I’m really not sure what you [the writer of the note] mean.
I (Andrew Walraven) am the only remaining member of this team, but originially was working with Hithesh Peddamekala.
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.
For this assignment, we met up in Burchard hall to build some quick prototypes to help generate/analyze ideas.
For this design, we wanted to have something to accommodate people who like to pay with cash and change, as opposed to using a credit or debit card. The front of wallet contains a transparent sleeve to hold an ID so that users do not need to open their wallet when they need to show their ID. The back of the wallet has four elastic pouches to hold quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. The idea of having the pouches be elastic would allow for the wallet to still be slim despite having the coins on the outside of the wallet. The elastic pouches would be tight enough so that the coins would not fall out if the wallet was held upside down. However, it wouldn’t be so tight that the user would have trouble trying to get a coin out.
The idea of this wallet is for it to be integrated with a smartphone to make it more dynamic and convenient for the user. The user can use an app within the phone to choose between any type of credit, debit, or gift card that he or she wants to use. The physical card attachment to the back of the phone would represent the selected card from the app. The attachment would use NFC technology to wirelessly pay and RFID for Chip payments. A barcode will also be displayed on the card attachment for when RFID or NFC technology may not be available at a consumer location, so the user can use a barcode scanner. The card-like extension would slide out easily when the user slides a smooth mechanism on the back of the phone.
The design of this wallet allows it to be sleek and thin, since there are no folding parts. The front of the wallet contains a transparent screen so that the user’s ID can easily be shown to others when needed. There is also a zippered pouch on the front so that the user may store any change if they need to, but it is compact when not in use. The back has numerous compartments for any cards that the user needs to carry. Since the wallet is longer and thinner, cash bills don’t need to be folded, but can be placed in unaltered. By not folding the dollar bills, the thickness of a wallet is greatly reduced.
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: