The digital mirror has a new look, and it’s looking great. It’s now a social wall with a very good looking paint job.
Digital mirror prototyping
Me and my colleague have been working on the digital mirror prototype. The new approach seems promising. :)
Progress on prototypes
The digital mirror is coming together, though we haven’t found a good form for it yet. We went for textile, back projection to see if there is an interesting visualization in that. For the in-store display we have dressed styrofoam blocks in a smooth, black textile with openings for displays.
We shaped a hot wire like a Monki themed figure and heated it with batteries, controlled through a micro controller. It’s about time to put it together and see what it will look like. Other versions will have ipads in them.
We have been experimenting with interesting visualization techniques for the Monki in-store display prototypes. The idea is to create an animation with hot wires behind a thermochromatic film, creating an unusual and perhaps surreal display.
We are currently prototyping two concepts for the Monki project. One is a stylized in-store display and the other is a digital mirror with filter effects, inspired from the potentially upcoming app Snapchat.
Concepts for Monki Display
The concepts are based around technical approaches we want to prototype and the look and feel of Monki.
Workshop at Monki HQ
We held a workshop together with the staff at the Monki HQ in Gothenburg. Using material from our ethnographical studies and using a methodology where we ideate several new ides stemming from identified needs and stories, visualizing them as short, unedited videos.
Ethnographic Study at Monki
I went under cover as a clothing store employee today, observing what goes on in a Monki store at one of the malls in town. I also interviewed the real employees and took the opportunity to fold some sweaters.