Undergrad 3rd year, 2001.
A project from my undergraduate studies, Joymote is a simpliﬁed television remote.
The design goals, informed by a user study, were:
- Support common functions, no no more
- Little or no labelling required
- Should be learnable by picking it up and trying
- Usable in a dark room
The design process consisted of sketching and prototyping to develop form and materials, 3D modelling, storyboarding, and an interactive mock-up. A short evaluation with prospective users was conducted with a Wizard of Oz approach using a form prototype.
Joymote has a ﬂattened spherical shape, almost disc like. A light-up logo is on one end, and the form consists of two halves which can be twisted.
Twisting the halves change volume, with the lit logo providing feedback and helping you to ﬁnd it in the dark. Tilting the Joymote left or right cycles channels in the on-screen menu, and tilting the control back to its starting orientation selects the channel. Shaking turns the TV on or off.