ColorNotes is a musical game for young Children (age 2-4) aimed to enhance their musical skills, in particular their musical ear and rhythm.
This is a personal prototype project of mine, where I practice the creation of new technology on all it’s steps: GUI Design -> programing the game and the GUI using Processing -> Electronics design and building -> Hardware programing -> TUI design -> User testing -> Prototype building.
ColorNotes comprised out of tablet application (GUI- Graphical User Interface) programed using Processing, and tangible buttons (TUI- Tangible User Interface) which I created using Arduino Uno.
After I finished designing and creating the electronics, I started sketching the cover box.
The electronics design of the button.
I conducted another user testing to see which button cap the children prefer: Acrylic cap , 3D printed cap , wooden cap.
3 children tried it, and all of them chose the acrylic cap.
The next step is to try a silicon casting cap.
I’m a big believer in rapid prototyping and preforming user testing along every step of the design process.
The minute I designed the initial button, I created a paper prototype of it in order to make sure the size and feel of it was good for a 2-4 years old. I gave it to my niece and nephew to play with, and came to the conclusion that the size was perfect, but that it’s needs to be made out of a strong material…