JulesChildrens smart speaker-projector
Elemental Path, 2018
Along with Tomorrow Lab, I helped design a smart speaker-projector for children. It was observed that even with new story telling features, most smart speaker systems were limited by their lack of visual hardware. In making this, we moved beyond the typical smart speaker into an interactive storytelling device, that will serve as a powerful learning companion for children. The product was demoed at NY Toy Fair 2018.
We began by asking ourselves - what are the ingredients for a smart speaker? Extensive market research helped build an image of typical offerings, their features, and gaps within the market. Teardowns offered insight into the construction and requirements for projectors.
The product design was explored and iterated quickly through sketches and renderings.
Note that earlier in the project, the design reflected a desire for a modular system where the speaker could be bought, and the projecter added later. This later shifted to an all in one product.
We felt it was important to define early on the level of character present in the toy. Too little and it would just sit alongside existing smart speakers. Too much and it becomes a toy similar to Scout. As such we tried to design a non character, but with playful visual features and colorways that geared it towards children.