A slap-band for digital fitness.
Today in America, 1-out-3 kids play outisde everyday. In turn, studies find that inactive kids lack social cognition.
Whether at home or school, kids’ physical movements read by arm bands translate into playing a musical instrument. Just tap the interface to select your instrument and move. Dance to make music.
An accelerometer measures body movement. The band’s chip translate the data into pitch & tempo. As you learn to coordinate your body movement, you learn how to make music. An app or the speaker receives all data from the Bluetooth connected slap band.
Choose from 6 personalized band colors. Tap the cap touch surface to select your instrument. LEDs change pattern to represent the instrument being played.
The durable speaker can be taken any where, especially for outdoor use. A pull out storage compartment keeps track of all connected band signals.
Control modes through the app. Hack the code through the Blockly based language to alter the modes.
What is missing on the market that kids age 6-12 need? They have limited tools for digital play. Kid technology just fills up their time. And kids avoid activities they do not perform well.
What do kids value? Socializing. Body coordinated play. Learning new activities.
I ran hours of observational interviews with kids age 6-12. With prototypes in hand, I then validated my research through playtesting.
I created various user scenarios and then asked kids to select ones they related to most in order to determine features and spec requirements.
I looked at current market of wearables for kids. I then made various prototype and conceptual renders to finalize the form.