iAm - intelligent Asylum man
Refugees are confronted with a number of challenges when they request asylum in a foreign country. To help them cope with some of those problems, the iAm device can translate both spoken and printed words, guide users to select locations and remind them of important appointments. It helps the users to navigate the new and confusing environment by facilitating communication and giving them a sense of identity.
This project's main theme was hospitality so making the interactions with the product intuitive and user-friendly were very important. That's why the functionality was limited to a few essential features while a lot of attention was given to the user interface and interaction design.
Gestures like rotating, clicking and shaking make the product more intuitive without the using an array of buttons or complex menus in a language foreigners don't understand.
The iAm device translates spoken language instantly so foreigners can make themselves understood and and communicate with local civilians. To help users get around the built-in GPS can guide them to important locations that are preprogrammed.
For the presentation of this project, we made a series of prototypes that could convey the physical properties of the device and allowed us to test the interactions. Plastic shells were sheet-moulded, painted, assembled with functional components and finished with silicone gaskets. We fitted the prototypes with a button, color LEDs, speaker and microphone so we could test the basic interaction patterns.