While a designer at Radius Product Development, I worked with a team to create a device targeting users who use their iPhone for primarily business purposes. More people are working at home, in the car or at the airport. The client wanted a business device that easily transitioned the iPhone into a teleconferencing system.
Through playing out scenarios and quick guerrilla research, we identified three usability categories; permanent parking spot, semi-permanent parking spot and transitional.
The traditional office cubical is on the decline.
We surveyed the competition landscape and completed teardowns of existing electronic devices for internal component reference. We explored forms that seemed familiar in the work space and cohesive with the iPhone language, but able to stand out on their own.
Through quick hand fabricated foam models we were able to play out scenarios as well as opportunities for user work flows. Some concepts lived permanently in the office while others traveled with the user to their next meeting.
The above concept was designed to live in a home or office, yet compact enough to transition to other locations. The sloping top face and large button layout present the interface in an easily accessible manner. The center light bar indicates an incoming call if the phone is on mute.
The “power bar” below is a simple no nonsense solution to teleconferencing. Minimal interface layout creates an intuitive experience. With a compact footprint and low profile, it is well-suited for carrying in a bag or briefcase.