Mediating patient privacy while informing doctors of vital information
Contextualizing the Two Spaces: Traveler and Inhabitor
The doctor [traveler] can learn about the patient's [inhabitor] vital information without entering his/her room
Using Shape Change to Encourage Favorable Reactions and Convey Message
Based on the distance from the door, TARZ has different functions.
Wave form shows patient vital statusRelaxed long wave shows normal status, while a faster wave indicates a need for immediate attention
"Porcupine" modeHandle saves traveler's face by informing the patient's need for privacy
Increases resistance + suggests behaviorHandle resists the interaction and lets the user know a slow entry would be the best [i.e. patient is sleeping]
Earlier Design Process
Before narrowing down to TARZ and CASE, we explored various mappings for physical space and interaction that we encounter on a daily basis.
Shapes as Media to Inform Meaning and Function
We conceptualized shape changing: TARZ takes after stiffness and form changing aspects, and CASE takes after textural change.
Quick User Testing
We made quick and dirty samples of the new textures on the regular door handles to test user reactions. These are three of our samples. All users indicated noticeable changes in the texture of the handles for all of our samples. Most liked the soft texture on the ends of the image and expressed discomfort and surprise for the middle porcupine prototype.