As suggested by Romit, we did a Body mapping exercise where we explored where the body is most sensitive to vibrations.
Exploring the most sensitive spots on my head.
Overall, the patterns emerged quickly and centred around the areas which are considered intimate/ vulnerable such as the neck and the back. This also overlaps with the areas where there is little body fat so that contact with the bone is a medium for vibration to spread.
4 (including ourselves).
Despite the limited number and random sample, these are qualities of clinically healthy average humans which in my opinion is sufficient for the research.
Prototype Version 3
After discussing and considering belts for wireframes for wearable and consulting with a fashion designer, we realised that neither this nor very soft material is easy to work with and the vibration would be spread.
As a suggested solution, we decided to go with “plates” of fabrics and to see how we could streamline the prototype by implementing the insights from the body mapping exercise.
Primary: Understand if people sense the vibrations through their clothes. Secondary: What possible applications do they see for our wearable prototype.
We loaded up a repeating pattern of vibrations on the prototype and gave it to our participants to wear.
I was very excited to hear that all the participants agreed that they could sense the vibrations through their clothes, some of them thick fabric, and expressed that they were just strong enough not to be counted as annoying.
We discovered a richness of suggestions that aligned with our secondary research:
navigation within the city
Our participants were not our target audience.
We did not test outside where the prototype is supposed to “live”