Using technology - encourage people to to put their phones away during social situations and engage with their fellow humans.

UX/UI
Project Length: 3 days

 

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Challenge

Some of our best memories are made with others. Our mobile devices have become a barrier to truly engage with each other. Our challenge was to create a way for people to step out from behind their devices and engage with their fellow humans.

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Only If My Friends Do It

We started with interviews to see if there was a desire for something like this. The result was almost unanimous - yes. Observing people in social situations gave us an idea how many times people take out thier phones - a lot of the time not even realizing it. In groups, there was a strong theme - "I would only do it if everyone in the group committed"

Buy Me A Drink

Beyond just blocking distractions, we wanted to make 'Human Mode' a little more enticing to interact with. We brought an interaction into the app that we had observed in our interviews.  The game was: the first person in the group to touch or bring out their phone bought a round of drinks. 

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Emergencies

Unlike Airplane Mode, users outside the app would be able to contact the user in Human Mode.  They would be informed of how to contact them - but entering one number on their keypad when in a call, or entering a number in a text message to allow their text to go through. 

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