User Aspiration Modeling to Predict Features for the Design of a New Group Interactive Music Device for the Young in India

ICORD 09: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Research into Design, Bangalore, India 07.-09.01.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Vasal,Ityam; Mayank,Kumar; Deshpande,Suyog; Yammiyavar, Pradeep
Section: Human Factors, Aesthetics, Semantics, ans Semiotics
Page(s): 371-378


Understanding user behaviour and expectation is the core of all design activity especially in Interaction Design.While the approach and emphasis in product design has been on the individual user, groups of users that form a collective cultural unit is being addressed in this paper. Lifestyles of users of young generation in India has been studied and modelled so as to be able to project their future expectations and aspirations as well as usage patterns of their living environment. A user study was conducted involving 52 users belonging to the age group 16–30 years, to study their aspirations and attitudes towards current music devices. The questionnaire was hosted online. The needs and expectations surrounding a music device were extracted in-terms of User's requirements such as connectivity, size of device, novelty and usage location. Using this data an aspiration model de ning the space of such a device, as is expected to ful l the present lifestyle of the young, has been developed. Based on the result of lifestyle modeling, prototype of a new conceptual device for collectively operating and enjoying music has been designed & constructed

Keywords: Lifestyle Modeling, User Aspiration Model, Tabletop Interaction, Music Device


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