You are working at a design strategy consultancy and you have been asked by management to come up with some new concepts for wearable tech products. Your team is given the challenge of a system that combines a smart watch and a smart phone, and asked to develop a product concept that involves synchronization of data between the two smart devices.
Inspired by personal experiences, I came up with a concept to prevent the consumption and waste of expiring foods. One of my pet peeves is laying out all of my food ingredients to prepare to cook only to realize that an item is expired...especially milk.
My concept works by fetching purchase and expiration dates from a food item's scanned barcode onto the mobile app, which then synchronizes to a smartwatch to send alerts regarding soon-to-expire items. Users then have the option to do three things with the expiring item: 1) add it to a grocery list, 2) find coupons to buy more, 3) find a recipe to use it up.
Very quick, rough sketches of the design concept were created to explore how to pair the mobile device and smartwatch.
Below is a description of the paper protoypes (for both the watch and mobile device) I created to test my concept.
The mobile app element of my concept allows users to take one of four actions: 1) scan a new food item, view grocery list, view saved coupons, and view saved food recipes.
To initiate the alert system, the first step is to scan the food item's barcode using a camera on a mobile device. The barcode will contain information about the purchase and expiration date of the food item. Next, users must verify that the scan fetched accurate information including the item type and purchase date. From there, information about the food item is stored in the cloud until it is approaching its expiration date.