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CLEANCAT

An Interactive Toy + App

Encourage good habits for kids

overview
Problem

 

A study found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids comes from having done chores as a kid. However, it's hard for kids to focus on something they are not interested in for a long time.

So can we encourage kids the good habit of doing clean-up?

Solution

 

An interactive toy that "gamifies" the clean-up.

The interactive toy, which is called CleanCat, includes an interactive projector, cleaning tools, and an App for tracking the progress. The body, housing the projector, is shaped like a cat and can be attached to brooms or mops. It leads children to do cleaning with interesting games using interactive projection, helping them develop the good habit of cleaning up.

 

The ‘cat’ is a projector that will scan the floor for trash using a distance sensor and project the pictures of fish on the floor. When the trash is swept or mopped, the ‘fish’ will be collected. It makes the whole process of cleanup to be like gathering food for the ‘cat’. At the same time, children’s clean-up achievements will be recorded on the mobile App. There is a wireless charging base for the projector, which looks like a bed for the little ‘cat’.

Duration

Role

Work

Software

Jan 2019

Individual Project

User & market research, ideation and design, CAD modeling, UX & UI, prototyping, video

BACKGROUND
"Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults"

In the Harvard Grant Study, the longest running longitudinal study in history, researchers identified two things that people need in order to be happy and successful: love and work ethic. "The study found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids comes from having done chores as a kid." ——Lythcott-Haims

So, encouraging kids the good habit of doing chores can be important. However:

For kids, it's never easy to do things they may not be interested in, such as doing chores. It's better to play games.

For parents, having kids do chores doesn't necessarily wind up being less work for parents, sometimes even tougher than doing chores by parents themselves.

RESEARCH
Literary Review + Interview

 

Lit review indicates that it is more effective to learn from play, especially for kids aged 3-7.

I interviewed two kids and their parents to see their opinions.

Concept

 

"Gamify" Doing Cleaning

IDEATION
FINAL CONCEPT

CleanCat is an intelligent toy for children aged 3-7 to learn how to clean up.

CleanCat includes an interactive projector, cleaning tools, and an App for tracking the progress. The body, housing the projector, is shaped like a cat and can be attached to brooms or mops. It leads children to do cleaning with interesting games using interactive projection, helping them develop the good habit of cleaning up.

 

The ‘cat’ is a projector that will scan the floor for trash using a distance sensor and project the pictures of fish on the floor. When the trash is swept or mopped, the ‘fish’ will be collected. It makes the whole process of cleanup to be like gathering food for the ‘cat’. At the same time, children’s clean-up achievements will be recorded on the mobile App. There is a wireless charging base for the projector, which looks like a bed for the little ‘cat’.

Cleaning Tools/

Besom

Mop

Dustpan

Hardware/

An interactive projector

Wireless charging base

Software/

App for tracking progress

How it works
1

Lay it on the wireless charging base to charge the projector.

2

Connect the projector and the App by bluetooth to track the progress.

3

Take the projector off the charging base.

Attach it to the mop or besom to start the "cleanup game".

Sweeping Mode

An embedded scanner will scan the trash on the floor and project fish at those positions. The "fish" can be "caught" by sweeping the trash into the dustpan.

Mopping Mode

The embedded scanner will scan the dust on the floor and project fish at those positions. The "fish" can be "caught" by mopping.

The APP

The App is designed to track and record the progress. Parents may reward their kids based on their progress, and kids can be encouraged by seeing their achievements.

Objectives
  • Encourage the clean-up habit: track the progress

  • Easy to understand: visualize the progress

Information Architecture
Low-fi Prototype
User Interfaces
Interactive Prototype

Connect  To Hardware

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