March - May 2017
For this personal project I set out to uncover the best solution for finding a persons most common, misplaced items; including items like a remote, sunglasses, keys, and credit cards. What is a solution that can scale across all objects and devices?
I led the entire concept and design for this project. This concept allowed me to learn more about product design, working with new 3D software, and 3D printing.
If one click can locate your phone, your flight, or even your friend, then we need to find a way to locate the most common misplaced or lost items people experience everyday.
This concept first initiated from common pain points that began to come up through conversations with friends, family, and colleagues. Keeping track of the everyday items like your remote, keys or ID seemed more difficult than it should be. We have all been there, you're in a rush but can't locate your keys. You know it's somewhere in your house, but where? Having the ability to choose the best option to find your most needed item no matter what the environment is. Have a roommate that is sleeping? No problem, shine a flashlight. Looking for something in broad daylight? No problem, signal a sound. Not sure if you left it at work or in your car? No problem, navigate to the location. We need a way to make life easier for everyone.
What already exists?
Tile is the biggest competitor in the market with products ranging in size and features. One product allows you to loop it onto keys, while the other product allows you to stick onto any item with its adhesive sticker.
Scale of products
We don't have to reinvent the wheel...
We don't have to create a brand new product from the start. Instead I started out by listening to the conversations around me to understand the biggest pain points and comparing that to what already exists today.
1. GPS is too vague
2. needs a scalable design
3. it's costly - have to pick and choose what objects are more important
1. GPS IS TOO VAGUE
People wanted the ability to find a device or object in a specific area. Currently a lot of tracking apps give you an address as the destination. These addresses are too vague of a result. I set out to solve for different solutions to find an item, no matter the environment.
What does a person do when they lose their phone at home?
|"Find a friend to call your phone... better hope it's not on silent!"
Ability to send off a sound to help find the misplaced item. A beep will project from a speaker to the specific dot matched with that object.
A light will flash from the dot when indicated by the user. This will create an obvious visual to help locate it, especially in a small or dark space.
View the object your dot is attached to on a map or have the option to navigate to it. Be able to see all your dots on one map to compare locations.
2. Scalable Design
The current issue with most tracking products is the size and design. It is not scalable to be used across multiple objects or devices. The solution was to create a small, dime sized adhesive sticker with a gel top to protect the key features; sound, light, and tracker.
3. access to Multiple products
No one should have to pick and choose which objects or devices are more valuable to have access to these features. I set out to create a package design that allows the customer to receive multiple dots in one purchase with a seamless setup process.