The aim of my graduation project was the development of a new user interface for digital cameras and the improvement of the user experience.
The motivation for this project came from badly designed existing camera interfaces. The first steps in the project were gathering usage data, analysing existing interfaces and searching for alternatives. My proposed alternative is a touch sensitive area positioned next to the screen called the Touchband. The next step in the process was to define the interface and camera functions. One crucial function is the proficiency switch, which gives users the ability to adjust the interface to their skill level.
After that I drew out the whole interface, created paper mock-ups and put them to the test. Then I built a working prototype of the concept camera and tested it against existing cameras. The results of the testing showed, that users need, on average, 5 seconds less to complete given tasks in comparison to existing camera interfaces.
Ergonomics are also a part of the interface and I wanted to get them right, so I modelled the camera and printed it out in a 3D printer. I left some space for the batteries to have a better feeling of weight distribution.
This summer I was given the task to produce a short promotional video for vox.io. My responsibilities varied from the idea, screenplay, storyboard, to casting, filming, directing and editing. At this point I would like to thank Alicen and Nil for acting and Klemen for the camera.
In my short time at vox.io I also redesigned the company blog, helped redesigning the notification emails, did a tiny bit of coding and had a great time.
This multi-purpose tablet and its interfaces were designed for the company Visionect. The tablet is water and shock proof and can be used for a variety of applications.
The tablet itself works only as a wireless screen for content rendered on the server side. E-Ink screens are slow when it comes to grey tones, that is why most of the interfaces are black and white or 1-bit to lower the response time. The design of the device had to be robust, watertight, ergonomic and universal for any type of use. Since it is a multi-purpose device, interfaces for restaurants, hotels, sailing boat controls and thermostats have been developed.
For the major part of my life I was taking electronics apart, if only to satisfy my curiosity about how they work. But since 2010 I started building them, which has proven to be even more fun. I gained knowledge on connecting numerous sensors and actuators, making them talk to the computer, the web and to each other.
For many years I have been programming in ActionScript, but some time ago I switched to Processing, because it fits my prototyping needs much better.
Some of the project I worked on:
Beepboxes - Are boxes that play notes and can be arranged into melodies. Each box is an individual entity with a build in ATtiny85 microcontroller. Individual boxes communicate via light and can trigger each other.
Steadicam - Is a proof of concept electronic steadicam built from a PS Move controller and servo motors. No matter how you move it, it always tries to point into the same direction.
Wodwa is a fully equipped ecological kitchen, which can be completely hidden inside a wall.
This concept addresses the shrinking living space, ecological issues in households and customization of the living experience.
Walls no longer serve as support for buildings, they merely became room separators. This concept takes advantage of this and can hide inside a wall to save space and make room for more important things.
The Wodwa concept consists of a main module, which includes a refrigerator, washing machine, oven, storage compartment, induction cooker and a sink. The module can be detached from the wall, placed anywhere in the room and stay there for days.
Besides the main module the Wodwa wall includes a dining table, chairs, heated or cooled compartments, an automatic recycling system and an aeroponic garden.
The refrigerator is cooled with sound, water gets recycled through a reverse osmosis filter, the dish washer cleans with steam, a sensors scans the trash for barcodes, shapes or material properties to sorts it accordingly.
The growth of plants in the aeroponic garden is monitored by sensors, while the plants get light from the outside through optical cables.
The whole kitchen can be customized to fit user needs. All the parts can rearrange themselves automatically according to the time of day or intention of use. All the coloured surfaces are covered with e-Ink and give the user the freedom to choose his or her own colours and patterns.
The main materials used in this concept are wood from local trees, recyclable plastics and aluminium.
Inspired by the trash left behind after a music festival, OnTheGo is biodegradable mobile food packaging made out of a paper and wax composite. This composite material has been tested and can hold boiling water without a problem. The current concept consists of pasta cups, water bottles and soup bags. But the material itself allows for many more mobile packaging applications.