This week, Stefani asked that we explore three different iterations of our idea while trying to stray as far away from our chosen medium as possible. Due to the fact that my concept is fairly developed, two of my prototypes are screen-based email apps since I’m trying to get as much valuable feedback and I know that my product will live on-screen. For the third prototype, Stefani encouraged me to go in a very different direction and think of what an asynchronous communication device could look like in a place in rural Africa that has no internet connection.
This prototype is take on my main idea for an email app that looks to challenge the existing model of creating and consuming emails. By taking a visual approach, I will surface emails in a format much more similar to social feeds, which allows for frictionless consumption of large amounts of content, rich-media prioritization and provides an immersive experience.
[Click Here] to play with prototype 1.
This prototype still tries to look at email a bit differently and presents it in a feed format as well. However, the main difference is that this iteration looks at conversations that are not taking place using text/messages but videos and audio instead. What would email communication feel like if it were actually asynchronous bytes of video and sound that one could consume within a feed.
[Click Here] to play with prototype 2.
As mentioned before, this excersize was based on building a communication device for a rural place in Africa with no internet connection. While GSM networks and cell phones are used widely across the continent, this device would allow people to leave messages for people without relying on those networks. This device would be mounted outside of a person’s door and anyone could go up to it and record a message for the intended person if they are not home. One could do so by pressing on the button and speaking. The LED would be an indicator for the message recipient to let them know when they have messages.