Ambient weather display using natural user interface
Nowadays, everyone uses a smartphone app to keep track of the weather outside. But they have several issues - it is time consuming, unclear and needs constant attention.
We planned to make a device that would not only make the process of checking the weather fast and easy but also gracefully integrate with out everyday routine.
We made 3 prototypes. In the first, called WeatherChrom, the background color changes based on the temperature every hour as you swipe left and right. In the second prototype, we put animations based on the weather condition. We called it AniWeather. In the third one, we played sounds with animation.
Similarly, we tried each one of these in 3 different settings. On the ceiling, on the wall and on the objects, like fridge or the closet.
Subjects were assigned different concepts and settings based on latin square method to reduce any kind of sequence effects. In each think alound session of 15 minutes, the participants were asked to use the product in the three different settings and give their feedback at the end of it.
Most of the findings were as expected. It was more usable, intuitive and fun than the existing system. Such displays were unobtrusive. However, aniweather + sound scored less in overall experience because sounds were at times quite intimidating to subjects.