Today while sitting in the studios Hazel White dropped in with Chris Arnold, a design educator from Alabama who was visiting the university. Amber, Jo and I spent some time explaining our projects to them and had quite an interesting chat about the skills we learn and the development of digital physical products. While discussing my honours project, Hazel directed me to a digital photo frame kickstarter she had seen just earlier in the day.
The frame ‘Famatic‘, is based around social sharing of photographs between a family and their elderly relations. When a photo is taken and shared through Famatic, it appears on the elderly user’s digital photo frame. The frame allows users to comment via standard built in replies, making the user experience a simple one. The concept appears to revolve around keeping older generations in the loop with their family and providing them a platform to connect.
This project is really interesting to me as it clearly developed from a lot of the same insights as my own did. It’s interesting to see different approaches others have taken to connecting elderly users with their family and technology; and particularly in how both my device and this product have used the concept of a digital photo frame as the ‘base model’. I would have loved for my end product to have as slick a look as this, and is similar to how I envision mine could develop if it were taken on beyond university. I’m interested to see how this Kickstarter gets on and would love to see the product in use at the later date!