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Interactive Living: Bathroom

Interactive Living: Bathroom

by ameister ammark vmf | updated January 31, 2015

Final Project for 2.S97.

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January 13, 2015 at 11:06 AM
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Notes 1:

-middle aged man looks confused as to which way to go when exiting bathroom

-people are disrupted from normal patterns by our presence

-everyone looks in mirror

-in womens' bathrooms mostly 30-ish well dressed, one 50ish

-one woman comes out with phone lit

-one woman misses trash can when throwing paper towel and continues to exit

-many people try to come to the last stall but are blocked by us sitting near the last stall/sink

Notes 2:

-people fixed their clothing in the mirrors 

-there were no toilet paper in some stalls, causing some people to immediately exit right after walking in

-two trash cans (one by the sinks, and one by the door) were located in most restrooms

-one bathroom along the infinite was closed for cleaning 

-not everyone washed their hands

-one person had to wait to use the sink since all of them were occupied

-bags and backpacks were placed on the floor both inside and outside stalls

 

 

 

January 13, 2015 at 11:11 AM
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  1. some sort of game to get potty-training kids to sit longer, maybe play a sound or some sort of positive reinforcement as they get better at going?
  2. a "cavity" in the shower that keeps things dry/dries your hand when you insert it to reach for whatever you're keeping in it: food, drinks, books, phone etc.
  3. squeegee for bathroom that's multipurpose and/or collapsible. not really sure what the second purpose would be...mirrors?

 

 

January 14, 2015 at 11:40 PM
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I spent several hours sitting outside of the central bathroom on my hall doing other work and noting how long it took people to use the bathroom. First, I noted how long it took me to use the bathroom quickly without lingering and compared that to the average time my subjects spent in the bathroom. The average time spent was slightly less than a minute longer than the minimum time, leading me to believe that people linger in the bathroom and may care for entertainment as the linger.

January 15, 2015 at 1:54 AM
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Disposable towels for doors and handles that may be dirty in bathrooms. Completely Touchless bathroom. Interactive mirrors for reminders and encouragement.

January 15, 2015 at 2:04 AM
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LED Bathroom Timer

  • keep track of how long you are spending in the bathroom while remaining entertained with colors and music

Remote Bathroom Operation

  • turn on your shower from another room so that it can warm up before you're there
  • turn on/off your lights while in bed at night
  • make sure toilet is flushed 
  • make sure sinks are not dripping/ are fully off

Modular Portable Storage Shelves

  • good for people who use public restrooms such as locker rooms
  • store make up, shaving equipment, toothbrush, etc. 
  • easily attach to any wall and always have a place to keep your bathrooms readily accessible

January 15, 2015 at 10:17 AM
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Input: time goal for showering, water pressure, goal water usage etc.

Input or Sensing: shower time, shower end

Output: some sort of display -- water rising, maybe instructions depending on time (shampoo shows for 30 seconds), countdown

Additional Output: maybe some way to track showering data, possibly even by person (who is showering would have to be inputted at start of shower)

January 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM
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I can't see a way to make this interactive in the space, but if the shower curtain could display things you could personalize the display by itself or personalize the time/tasks it asks you to do in "Eco Friendly/Timed Shower."

January 16, 2015 at 9:12 AM
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The LED system would be a smaller grid of LED's that would light up in different patterns for different functions. 

Uses of the interactive LED system would be to:

  • remind users to do a specific activity (brushing teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, etc.)
  • give the user a way to visualize time and keep track of the time he/she spends doing certain activities
  • maintain a schedule and be on time while getting ready in the morning
  • have entertainment while completing bathroom activities (option to include music)

How the system accomplishes these tasks:

  • Two devices would be created that communicate with one another (one for inputs, one for outputs)
  • Input: Grid of different activities for selection and setting times (option to find a way to generalize and easily reprogram for user customization)
  • Output: Grid of LED's that would make different dancing pictures, could display numbers, and help the user time/ keep track and easily see if he/she is reaching his/her goals

January 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM
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January 16, 2015 at 9:58 AM
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First draft with commentary

January 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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Final Version of Storyboard (might need to retake photo in class, sorry!)

January 18, 2015 at 10:10 PM
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Preliminary storyboard for the supplies indicator. Needs work to make it show the features better and look less like an ad.

January 19, 2015 at 4:08 AM
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Revised storyboard for the supplies monitor idea.

January 19, 2015 at 4:35 AM
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Setting: Weekday morning, around 8-9am

Demographics:

-older women, ranging from 40-80

-young college students, including the swim team

Observations:

two scales, no one using either one of them

people generally distanced themselves in the locker room -- not sure if just where they have lockers or if they strategically place themselves and ar eusing day lockers

someone offers me floss when i run out but immediates moves over to further mirror after we interact

trash by paper towel dispenser is full, other bins relatively empty

no place to lean when putting on makeup, see woman using lots of paper towels to keep elbows/makeup(?) dry while applying eye makeup at sink

tables are provided near "hand/hair dryers", one real hair dryer on table away from main mirrors, unsure if someone left it there or if it's provided

groups of people change/get ready together and talk -> friends? in same fitness class?

didn't observe showers

personal observation: toilet seat can get wet after people swim? do they use toilet paper afterwards?

bench near lockers is used as a stool for lotion/changing

most women spend >15 min on their routine

January 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM
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What would people want to do with it?

Would saving water be a goal?

What are possible applications?

Who would use this - kids, adults, teenagers?

How would users interact with the user interfaces?

Would people want to time their routine?

How do people feel about the material used?

January 20, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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Here are the slides we used in our "Wizard of Oz" prototype of the interactive shower curtain.

January 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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  • Description of the design problem / opportunity and your proposed system

We have two flavors of the problem/opportunity depending on which implementation is more feasible. We may combine these. They are:

a) Make showering more fun/productive, especially for the “bring your phone into the bathroom” crowd & possibly kids. Possible applications: drawing, gaming, news, to-do lists and picture frames.

b) Gamify and make saving water/taking shorter showers fun (eco and budget friendly.) In this implementation we would display/track time showered by members in a household. Depending on what users want we could try to display & pace different tasks in the shower, too.

  • A plan for the works-like prototype:

    • What questions will the prototype address?

      • Feasibility of projection vs led.

      • How would users interact with the interface? touch vs button

      • Which uses are more feasible?

      • Are multiple uses feasible? (i.e. is it possible to have more than one feature if using LED’s and not a projector/ screen, if so what are they?)

      • Are the features we will offer the same for projection vs. LED?

      • How do we create a reliable electronics system that won’t be ruined by water exposure/humidity?

    • How do you plan to implement it?

      • Depending on application(s) we want to keep we can try to replicate something like the display and inputs on a smaller scale, like a smaller piece of fabric or general surface w/ touch screen or buttons.

      • Build a shower curtain projector screen or a shower curtain LED grid and program the LED’s or projected UI to allow for specific activities.

    • What materials might you need?

      • Arduino -- either buttons and display or something to do touch with (photocell?)

      • Clear/somewhat clear surface (spray paint or something if we’re projecting)

      • Fabric or shower curtain

      • LED strips

      • Projector

January 21, 2015 at 1:08 AM
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  • Description of the design problem / opportunity and your proposed system

We have two flavors of the problem/opportunity depending on which implementation is more feasible. We may combine these. They are:

a) Make showering more fun/productive, especially for the “bring your phone into the bathroom” crowd & possibly kids. Possible applications: drawing, gaming, news, to-do lists and picture frames.

b) Gamify and make saving water/taking shorter showers fun (eco and budget friendly.) In this implementation we would display/track time showered by members in a household. Depending on what users want we could try to display & pace different tasks in the shower, too.

  • A plan for the looks-like / feels-like prototype:

    • What questions will the prototype address?

      • Interaction with actual shower curtain, possible user issues with applications.

      • How do people feel about material used (if prototype similar in weight, color etc)

        • Taut shower curtain if not projected? How are folds in curtain interpreted by user especially if we include a touch component?

      • Which uses are more user-friendly depends on look/feel?

      • Kids vs adults?

      • Should timing included task pacing in shower? Does that make people feel rushed? Should we include this functionality as an option/default?

    • How do you plan to implement it?

      • Shower curtain with display but maybe more of a wizard of oz sort of interaction/inputs

      • Mock up bathroom or implementation in real life bathroom to assess ergonomics

    • What materials might you need?

      • Shower curtain, possibly some sort of spray paint if we’re projecting from within the shower and need to make it more opaque?

      • LEDs if we’re not projecting?

January 21, 2015 at 1:09 AM
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While testing the experience prototype, we got a good idea about what people liked about our interactive shower curtain idea as well as things that we could add/ implement to improve our concept.

  • ergonomics (especially for shorter people/children) are very important and we must make sure every button/screen is readily accessible
  • our initial prototype lacked a way to set a specific time for the time/ did not have a real or true count down
  • people liked the news feed option
  • people liked the idea of playing games
  • there was some hesitation regarding the photo gallery (there are certain types of pictures people don't want to see while in the shower)

January 21, 2015 at 1:35 AM
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This is the initial story board made in class. It is intended to show the user opening the product for the first time after buying it and going through one use case. Some comments were that the setting was not extremely clear and more context should have been given. I think I tried to show too much during this story board and as such, didn't really show much that was useful. 

January 21, 2015 at 1:40 AM
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For my revised story board, I decided to go through a simple, single use case. I tried to make it clear that the setting was in the bathroom and tried to draw attention to the product and how it interacted with the user in each frame of the story board. 

January 21, 2015 at 1:40 AM
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January 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM
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Three profiles describing users of bathrooms.

January 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM
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January 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM
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Ideas from our group, in-class brainstorming.

January 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM
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Suite Bathroom:

  • people always knock before entering the bathroom
  • sometimes people do not answer the person who is knocking 
  • there are many shampoo/ soap bottles on the floor/ on the counter
  • people did not talk in bathroom unless doing activities like dying hair
  • people did not spend much time (around 2 minutes) in the bathroom unless showering or brushing teeth (around 5-15 minutes)

Public Dorm Bathroom:

  • some people left immediately after seeing there was no toilet paper
  • people went into the stall rather than standing next to someone using a urinal
  • sometimes there were not enough sinks for people to wash their hands

January 21, 2015 at 2:29 PM
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January 22, 2015 at 12:42 PM
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January 23, 2015 at 11:01 AM
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January 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM
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ButtonInput.pde is our Processing file that takes input from Serial using ArduinoButtons.ino. These are the files we used on Monday for the Design Review.

January 26, 2015 at 11:41 AM
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You must have Timer.pde as a tab next to KeyboardInput.pde for this to work. Games are disabled. Keys corresponding to our given buttons: A,B,D, & E.

January 26, 2015 at 11:43 AM
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Thanks for uploading the sketches - could you please also upload a screenshot of the different Processing interfaces?

Additionally, please include photos of your controller.
almost 2 years ago

 

What has to be implemented:

-Off Button

-Aesthetics

​-Finding the perfect shower curtain, either buying or spray painting our current one

-Fixing timer, streamlining code

Parts we need to obtain:

-Different shower curtain or spray paint

Timeline posted

When and what we will user test:

We will be user testing on Wednesday after class (and possibly before, individually) after we have perfect UI. We will be emailing out our dorms/friends lists and looking for people to try our shower curtain out.

Questions we're looking at:

-interaction with the buttons, where they should be placed, if they should exist

-placement of projection/horizontal vs vertical

-potentially user testing with water/normal bath routine using our keyboard program

-which features are most appreciated while in the space

January 26, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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This plan looks good. I would encourage your team to user test in an actual dorm. If possible, try to do it earlier in the day so you can take advantage of lab hours on Wednesday night to make any additional changes.
almost 2 years ago

Attached are the dxf files that we used to laser cut the housing for our works-like prototype controller. 

January 28, 2015 at 6:41 PM
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These are pictures of our works-like prototype that was presented on the design review day. A schematic is also included that demonstrates how we wired the circuitry of the controller.

January 28, 2015 at 6:55 PM
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Thanks for uploading your documentation!
almost 2 years ago

Anna

Typical shower routine: 12-15 minutes

Typical news reading: read the delivered news or nyt website

Suggested: Home button bigger, more of article in news, toggle between days in calendar

Liked: News, timer

Remarked: Shower curtain might change which direction people face in shower, wouldn’t spend much time in calendar

 

Erin

Typical shower routine: 10-15 minutes

Typical news reading: newspaper delivered, cnn/bbc online

Liked: The alignment of buttons, suction cup remote > freestanding

Disliked: Remote attached to shower curtain, placement of projection (would need it higher with center at eye level)

Wanted: Weather, transportation

Idea: Two modes, one for relaxing (night) showers, one for productive (morning showers, nature + leaves pictures for relaxing showers

Indifferent: horizontal vs vertical

Bug: Timer coloring/appears to be ratio 1:01-1:09

January 29, 2015 at 10:36 AM
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After our presentation, people gave written feedback. This is our summary of recommended changes to our design. Moving forward, we have divided the future changes into 3 categories: easy fixes that we know needed to happen but didn't have time, rethinking some aspects of the design, and technologies for the future.

January 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM
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Three users go through their shower routine while using our product.

January 29, 2015 at 7:32 PM
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Awesome job with this user testing - it's great that you tested it in a real shower and that you gave very little instruction. And you used the think-aloud protocol!
almost 2 years ago

January 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM
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To run this code, download the Bounce code (helps debounce button presses, URL in the first comment in the file.) 

Design Files
January 30, 2015 at 4:06 PM
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January 30, 2015 at 4:07 PM
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Could you upload the final processing sketch here?
almost 2 years ago
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vmf

Done, thanks for pointing that out!
almost 2 years ago

The fritzing schematic for this version of our control is the same as that for our first works like prototype. For this iteration, we tried to make our housing fit the electronics more closely to make a more compact system. We also made a notched box for this iteration for easier assembly and disassembly. 

January 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM
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January 31, 2015 at 10:16 AM
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I'm glad you were able to capture how the system worked during the final expo - next time you do a video demo, it would be good to start with a general overview of what the project is.
almost 2 years ago