Iris Ritsma
 
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OVE

Bottle preparation station for visually impaired parents

 
 

Introduction

For blind or visually impaired parents preparing a baby bottle is one of the hardest things to do. For preparing these bottles most of these parents rely on the help of others. 

 

 

Solution

OVE is a baby bottle preparation station designed to help visually impaired parents through the process of making a baby bottle. By means of bright lights, audible feedback and tactile information the parent is guided.

OVE helps to pour the right amount of formula and heating the bottle to the perfect temperature and is easy to navigate and use.

 

Details

University: Umeå Institute of Design
Project: Sound Design
Year: 2018

Duration: 2 weeks

Team: Ivan Kunjasic, Ricardo Verheul, Geert Roumen, Iris Ritsma

Core 77 Award Runner up
Braun Prize special mention
Interaction Awards 2019 Finalist

 

 
 
 
 
 

Design question

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How might we use sound to guide a visually impaired parent through the bottle feeding process and make them more independent in raising their children?

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The problem

 
 

253 Million

people with a visual impairment and 36 million blind people worldwide

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Most Difficult

Preparing a baby bottle is one of the hardest things to do as a visually impaired parent

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0 Products

on the market that support blind parents in this task

 
 

Process

USER RESEARCH

Two interviews were conducted. Neither of our interviewees had ever attempted to make a baby bottle without any outside help.

 
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Challenges

Our idea was to build a product that guides visually impaired parents in the full process of making a baby bottle, using sound and light as way of communication. However, the challenges are not only in bottle preparation itself. Pouring the right amounts, working hygienic and being able to locate the needed parts were all part of the challenge

 
 
         Pouring the right amounts

       Pouring the right amounts

            Locating needed parts

            Locating needed parts

    Clean & sterile working space

    Clean & sterile working space

     

 
 

 

Multi Sensory design approach

In order to create a design that is self- explanatory and easy to use all interactions with the object were precisely designed using multi sensory feedback.

 
 

Visual

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Audible 

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Tactile

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Wizard of Oz

User testing

 
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Defining Form Language

When defining the form language attention was paid to developing a form language that provides pleasant tactile feedback. On the other hand the product also had to look good visually. We wanted to create an “inclusive design”, a design that is needed by some, but good for all. The product should be desirable for everyone; people without any visual impairment and even deaf people can easily use the product.

"inclusive design, needed by some, good for all"

 
 
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Inspiration: Using round shapes and big radiusses in the design

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Inspiration: Using texture, combinations of fillets and sharp upstanding edges, and braille

 
 
 

Making a working prototype

 
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Movie making

 
 
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Process video

 
 

 
 
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