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Microsoft Timepiece

 
 

Microsoft Timepiece

Timepiece is an integrated physical and digital concept that explores an industrial designer's role in the Mixed Reality landscape.

 

Industrial Design/UX | Senior Studio | 10 Weeks (sponsored project)

 
 
 
 
 

Case Study

Industrial Design seniors at Western Washington University (WWU) worked with HoloLens designers and developers to create "enchanted object" concepts for the Mixed Reality environment. Timepiece was created in collaboration with partners Emma Nestvold and Emily Bartlett, and was presented to Microsoft at their campus in Redmond, WA.

 

Contributions

User Research and Interviews

Brand Research

Research Synthesis

Concept Development

3D Modeling & Prototyping

UX Mapping and Concepting

Photography

Animation

Presentation


 

Research

Business enterprises are a large portion of HoloLens' target market, so we decided to create our enchanted object for office workers. We interviewed ten individuals from four workplaces to aid in problem discovery, which led to insights that guided our solution.

 Workplace 1: Corporate Enterprise

Workplace 1: Corporate Enterprise

 Workplace 2: Small Business

Workplace 2: Small Business

 Workplace 3: Cubicles

Workplace 3: Cubicles

 Workplace 4: Home Office

Workplace 4: Home Office

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Synthesis

 
 
 
 

 

GOAL_

The product should Create a spatial connection to the past, present, and future without distraction from the task at hand.

 

Process

We explored different ways of portraying time to the user, as well as a number of ways to interact with the passing of time, including objects that move or change as time passes.

 

"Anti-Form"

The hollow shape of the product tells the story that it is incomplete outside of Mixed Reality. It creates negative space where holograms can live, completing the form.

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 Storyboarding was used to map out the user flow of the product.

Storyboarding was used to map out the user flow of the product.


Concept

Timepiece is a connected light ring that connects office workers to the past, present, and future.

 

Hololens Form Language

Interface


LED lights display glanceable information to the user outside of Mixed Reality, and HoloLens creates a holographic UI that is locked to the device that provides deeper access to time-based applications.

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 PAST

   PRESENT

FUTURE


Prototypes

To validate the physical side of the interface, we used an Arduino and a Neopixel ring to build a hardware prototype that simulated the three modes. This laid out how the product might be realized in manufacturing and assembly.

The HoloLens itself was used to evaluate both form and interface throughout the project.

 Video captured from inside HoloLens

Video captured from inside HoloLens

 

 Special thanks to the team at Microsoft for their help guiding this project.

Special thanks to the team at Microsoft for their help guiding this project.