Inspired by Zen Buddhism this timer turns time into mountains.

Shiomi is a timer that gives shape to time and communicates it to other people over the internet. When someone sets a personal time of let's say 1 hour, a mountain peak appears to the other boxes (that can be anywhere in the world) and starts to decrease till the time runs out. This project explores productivity in the home and uses physical interfaces as an alternate means to screens. 

 

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User Probe

We asked participants to text us the moment they entered the home. We set a timer of thirty minutes and texted them back asking them to take a photo of everything they had touched. This exercise helped us understand what are the regular routines one has to go through before starting the work they needed to do. It took them approximately 30 minutes to settle down and get the chores done. This helps us also find common ground between participants and their actions.


Co-Creation Session

The workshop was valuable to get more detailed explanations and it allowed us to discover some intricacies into the home. What objects look 'homey'? As a team we wanted to design a technological object that blended. We thought it would be a great way to figure out what are the personal objects that make the users link to home and the reasons behind it. The frequency of use, the aesthetics and the memories linking these objects to something gave us insight for the future.

 
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Our categorized findings

Our categorized findings

Workshop was conducted in the apartment building complex of 7 buildings.

Workshop was conducted in the apartment building complex of 7 buildings.


Product Design

Because the interface was sewn unto fabric there were some design restrictions regarding the stitching of it. The pattern had to be simple yet indicate the motion of the hand to set time. It also needed to convey the message of the start button cross in the middle.

Because the interface was sewn unto fabric there were some design restrictions regarding the stitching of it. The pattern had to be simple yet indicate the motion of the hand to set time. It also needed to convey the message of the start button cross in the middle.


This project was done in Aalto University, through the interactive prototyping course with Jussi Mikkonen in 2014. It was worked on with Will Brown and Reynan Shimada.