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the challenge:
DESIGN A PRODUCT to support technicians in their daily work


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Vest & SmartPhone integration


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DESIGN RESEARCH, CONCEPTING & PROTOTYPING

in  close collaboration with technicians,
we set up a design process aiming to discover  opportunities to implement the latest tech to support technicians in their day to day.


We designed a smart shoulder:  connecting the smartphone with Arduino and sensors so that it autonomously signals with flashes in response to bad posture, offers autonomous lighting, detects a man-down situation and makes emergency calls. Activating the panic-mode will start a live video call so that backup can monitor the situation. These are but a few of many other features to assist solitary technicians working in remote places. 

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We sketched the first ideas and guided the entire process up until a full functioning smart vest to kick-start an internal process of product development.

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field research

Eager to learn everything about their daily routines, we have been following technicians on the job while interrogating them. 

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co-creation

We developed a framework for creative sessions to distill valuable insights from the experts. 

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Ideation 

 

Sketching & Concepting: sketching ideas and visualising opportunities to communicate with all stakeholders

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Prototyping

Combining technologies to create a first proof of concept: 3d printing, lasercutting, programming arduino & smartphone app, assembly. 

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User testing

Real life test, improvements, feedback for prototype #2

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Final Design & Engineering

A fully functioning prototype that integrates smartphone with vest through Arduino and sensors. Currently tested by the different organisations for further development. 

For questions please contact us: info@waarmakers.nl