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Mobile Sky Scope

An Analog Wearable Device

Mobile Sky Scope from Rosalie Yu on Vimeo.

The Mobile Sky Scope was initially designed to be worn in a dense urban environment. However, we were fortunate to be given the opportunity to do our first user testing on the exterior and interior spaces of the Guggenheim museum in NYC.

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With the MSS and their mobile phone in it, the users were instructed to walk a short distance on the sidewalk while flipping up and over the different colored-gel films. It was a strange and curious exercise.  Their head was positioned forward but they weren’t able to see what’s in front of them.  All they could see was the sky above and their lower bodies.  This caused user to walk slowly and cautiously to avoid falling and bumping into other pedestrians.  The user responses we received were positive and insightful.  People really enjoyed the experience of using their phone to look at the sky and it worked really well.  For most users, this was an unexpected use for their mobile phone. Some users really enjoyed the experience of having a new heighten sense of their surrounding through the MSS. Implicitly, they were able to experience different dimensions of time and spaces.

The user responses we received were positive and insightful. People really enjoyed the experience of using their phone to look at the sky and it worked really well. For most users, this was an unexpected use for their mobile phone.  Most users really enjoyed this unique experience with the MSS.  They expressed surprise and delight on having a new heighten sense of the surroundings through such a simple analog device.