Summer Semester 2021, BA/MA Product Design eLab

Weon - next gen sensory interaction for navigating

Weon is a new experimental and screenless way of exploring and sensing the world around us.

We believe the future of the human race will allow us to opt out of natural perception. The future that we want to create is a world where you can fully use your sensory to get navigation information from your phone. No matter it’s for a casual ride or a safer routine trip or even having fun exploring a different community, weon is designed to help you perceiving the surrounding by hearing and haptic feedback.

 

Unlike traditional methods, what we experimented is to use spatial ambient sound and non-linear haptic feedback to simplify the interaction as well as making the whole process more intuitive. We categorized different places and gave them a unique spatial ambient sound like wind and birds sound for a park or jazzy beats for a cafe etc. While using the device, different layers of sound will be added to the sound track based on the navigation info from your phone, creating a spatial “music” telling not only direction and distance but also what kind of location and what’s happening around you. We use a comfortably arranged open structured multi-speaker system to simulate how sound wave transmit into ear lug to make the sound more natural, spatial and directional. By controlling each speaker individually of its volume and delay, we enhance the effect, creating an intuitive perception of where you are going and what will you experience on the way and how to find your way through.

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