PAWFECT PUP

Truly for you and your best friend. 


Inspiration & Background

PAWFECT PUP was spawned from my desire to design a wearable device utilizing the sensors studied in class. I noticed some of these sensors were optimized for fitness-related activities since they were made to track the movement of the body and muscles (E.G. IMU and Myoware). Naturally, I was drawn towards the concept of a wearable tracker because I knew it would be most sensible way of integrating the existing sensors. However, I decided to twist the concept by shifting my focus on animals - specifically dogs - to enable myself to explore more interesting design opportunities. Before developing my concept, I came up with three design-driving adjectives to guide my process: connectedloyal, and together. These words were particularly chosen in hopes to bring in the animal and the user closer with my product.

 

Concept Development

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Step One: Brainstorm!

In this phase, I laid out the general idea behind the product system and explored the different possibilities of the device's physical form. One direction was a minimalist collar with an LED display strip, and the other direction was a gem-like clip-on. As for the system, the physical device were to extract information from the dog's body and send the information to the owner's digital device (phone and/or smart watch).

For the physical form of the device, I decided to go with the clip-on concept since it was to be easily clipped onto any dog's existing collar, making it more universal. The clip-on concept also had a jewelry-like appeal that were to make my product more attractive. In the initial concept phase, the form was more geometric; for the final form, I decided to make it more organic to give it a sleeker feel.

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Step Two: Refine.

For the physical form of the device, I decided to go with the clip-on concept since it was to be easily clipped onto any dog's existing collar, making it more universal. The clip-on concept also had a jewelry-like appeal that were to make my product more attractive. In the initial concept phase, the form was more geometric; for the final form, I decided to make it more organic to give it a sleeker feel.

 

Final Physical Device

Technology

The technology behind Pawfect Pup utilizes sensors that are proven to be possible in real life by its competitors. Fitbark, for example, is also a fitness tracker for dogs that is just as small as Pawfect PupPawfect Pup utilizes four main sensors to achieve its features: Bluetooth is used to connect the physical device and the owner's digital devices, so that the owner can get real-time information of their pet; IMU is used to detect the animal's movement and displacement; heart rate and temperature sensors are used to monitor the animal's bodily changes that are directly related to its health.

Form

While the existing products in the market are often bulky and unattractive, Pawfect Pup distinguishes itself with its elegant form. Creasing was done to add an interesting surfacing to the organic form; chrome was chosen as the base material for its modern appeal.

 

Interface

Wireframing

The interface was narrowed down to have two main features: the activity & health monitor and the training tool. Screens were sketched to get a general idea of what goes where before entering the prototyping phase.

 

Feature 1: Activity & Health Monitor

The activity & health monitor aspect of Pawfect Pup was envisioned to provide real-time information of the animal's bodily changes. The quick status feature enables the owner to check on the animal's activity time, heart rate, and temperature. If something variations were to happen, the owner is to be notified. From there, the user can choose to compare how well their pet is doing in relation to other dogs of the same breed and age, with the information pulled from the application's database. The digital interface offers data visualization of other health-related information, so the user will have an easier and more pleasing time receiving and understanding the information.

Feature 2: Training Tool

The training tool feature was developed in efforts to differentiate Pawfect Pup from other similar pet fitness tracker products. With this feature, Pawfect Pup isn't just an interaction between the user and the device, but it involves the pet's interactions to close the loop as well. The device will detect 4 gestures from its IMU sensors: up, down, twirl left, and twirl right. The owner can assign what each gesture means and train these gestures to their pet. For example, "up" could mean "I'm hungry" to domestic dogs. When a certain gesture is performed, the device will sense it and immediately send a notification to the owner's digital device. This specific feature can then branch off to other dogs with different scenarios (E.G. working dogs), consequently expanding the device's usability and usefulness.

 

Try Pawfect Pup yourself!

 

With Pawfect Pup...

Pawfect Pup isn't an ordinary fitness tracker, but a helpful tool that aims to help owners understand their pets and the animals to communicate with their owners better as not every dog owner is an expert. By including the animal in the exchange of information, Pawfect Pup hopes to bring in a closer relationship between the animal and the owner - a product system that offers something more special than the rest.


Interactive Artifact Project

Spring 2017 | Georgia Institute of Technology