Luna | keep kid's daily routine
Luna is an aid for parents and kids (3~5 years old) to keep daily routines together. It is an interactive friend that help planning the daily activities in a playful way. Parents and children can plan the day assigning some responsibility to children in order for them to make decisions. By knowing what it is supposed to be done, they feel safe and excited. Finishing tasks on the list also gives kids a sense of accomplishment. They can easily understand tasks by Luna’s sounds. By touching its mouth, belly or holding the arms, children will interact and play with their little pal, accomplishing daily chores together.
This project is a collaboration between two Interaction Design students and one Advanced Product Design students from Umeå Institute of Design. The developed product concept is a result of a course in sound design, focusing the importance of sounds as a part of the user experience.
2 weeks | 2018 Feb
Skill: Research, Interaction Design, Sound Design, Product Design
Team: Maja Björkqvist, Alexandre de Bastiani
KIDS can’t understand why they have to follow daily routines, and many children have a strong will of themselves. How to keep them brushing teeth even when it is not fun? How to take the shower when they are afraid of water? How to get them into sleeping when they wake up too early during the Scandinavian summer?
PARENTS don’t want to force kids to follow daily routines, but sometimes they have to in order to keep the consistency. If they force kids, it gives kids a bad experience and dislike it more, and a bad loop begin. If they don’t force kids, kids won’t understand why they have to do it tomorrow.
- Jennifer, mother of two (3 yr and 5yr)
"If he finishes a task on the list, he feels a sense of accomplishment, just like adults do."
“Lights and sounds are good. It helps children understand better.”
"Give kids the feeling of being in charge, even though it is the parents like. I would ask him do you want the yellow or blue toothbrush today?"
"When he see the schedule, he gets exited because he knows what to come next. He even schedules February because it’s so fun."
SOUND AND INTERACTION STUDY
Sketch on sounds
It is abstract for us to create sound effects for kids initially. We can’t imagine how it would sounds like. However, building sound board and sketch by mouth helps us a lot. It shows the mood of the character and guides children through the daily routines.
Wizard of Oz
We visit a teacher in kindergarten to test the prototype of sounds, product and interaction with her. She gives suggestion on whether our solution is attractive and useful for kids to follow routines together with their parents.
“Sleeping sound could be storytelling. It’d better to slow down and be tired. I would singing: there is a little little little bunny, it’s looking for somewhere to sleep.”
Magnets Send Plan to Luna
Together with their parents, the child is deciding the routine for the day by moving around the analog task magnets. After setting the schedule the child can “tell” the plan to Luna by pressing her belly against the sun or the moon magnets (morning/night routine). When all activities is done, they can get a rewarding sound from Luna by pressing its belly against the magnets. They will feel proud and satisfied with their achievement.
Fun to Perform Daily Routine
Through sounds and facial expressions, Luna nudges the kid in order to understand that it is time for a particular task. By acknowledging the information pressing Luna’s specific areas, the activity will start. This makes kids take the decision themselves and then on a long term, get the idea of daily chores and responsibility for their own life.
SOUND EFFECTS DESIGN
Routine Planning Sound