it's 2046 and san franciscans are tired of information overload from hyper-immersive wearable technology...
FROLIC – AN EMPATHIC MOBILITY ECOSYSTEM
PROBLEM of the future
In a world that is becoming increasingly centered around immersive technology in daily life, people are not able to fully appreciate the beauty of the world and of San Francisco. How might this problem be solved even in a future where everyone experiences the physical world within a haze of information from hyper-immersive smart contact lenses?
SOLUTION of the future
In 2046, Frolic limits hyper-immersive wearable tech to present a local-approved walking experience that highlights the history and nature of San Francisco. Hyper-immersive tech has made people even more sedentary and reclusive than before. Since tech will have moved away from "clunky remotes/phones" of the early 2000s, remote-like devices will be re-introduced as a way to control the information overload. (Sponsored by Ford and the City of San Francisco.)
What I did
0 Brainstorm within mobility modes + Find existing examples of urban mobility systems
1 Conduct research to understand needs, behaviors, and emerging technologies (secondary articles, primary interviews)
2 Envision new solutions for the future of a mobility mode in San Francisco
3 Prototype and evaluate concepts
4 Make a poster and presentation
5 WEEKS (3-person team), FALL 2016
SOFTWARE: Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dynamic Link, Keynote
PEOPLE ARE TOO DISTRACTED BY TECHNOLOGY
TO APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
THERE IS A LOSS OF DEEP CONNECTION TO ONESELF,
THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM, AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT.
but for the people who enjoy walking...
“Walking is personal time for me. It gives me time to think, reflect and slow down. I feel like I am in control while walking and am not rushing it.“ –anonymous
“Walking gives me energy, it helps me with my depression, I can feel the sun on my face. Seeing something new, I like to observe what is around me and interact with my environment. “ –Fernanda
“You get to see things you normally don’t while in the car, it makes me feel like I have done something good, its exercise, it refreshes me and wakes me up. “ -Ellie
So, What makes a good walk? 3 elements
FORD IS THE AI CLOUD SERVICE THAT
ENABLES THESE EXPERIENCES. they are THE CENTER
OF WHAT PEOPLE SHARE AND RECEIVE
FROLIC BRIDGES INDIVIDUAL AND
CREATING A PLATFORM FOR PEOPLE TO RECORD
AND SHARE THEIR WALKING JOURNEYS
Move Fast, React Later
presenting and leading
Throughout the project, I was the main spokesperson during our numerous checkpoints. I gained confidence in my presentation skills when I saw Ford representatives light up especially during our critiques. Otherwise, as a team, our work up until the last stretch was spread evenly. In the last moments of our project, my role as a leader became more evident when—two hours before our final presentation before Ford, officials from the City of San Francisco, and CCA faculty—it looked like we wouldn't have a final deliverable.
Keep Calm when things go wrong
"Melissa, we don't have our final video." The motion graphics were completed behind schedule, and it would've taken too long to render in time for our crit. I remember freezing for a few seconds seeing the looks on my teammates faces, but I knew reacting emotionally would further jeopardize our morale going into the final presentation. Even though I was tempted to react emotionally, I quickly put together an unconventional plan and we managed to nail our presentation with what appeared to be a completed video. It wasn't until later that I realized how big of a step that was for me as a teammate and leader.