Meemo & Cueco is a self-interest project done in Social Body Lab of OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, under the Mentorship of Kate Hartman in Summer 2013. We explored self-talking from two perspectives: The practical product perspective(memo) and the conceptual art (cueco) perspective. Meemo is a wearable audio journal and Cueco is conceptual wearable; both based on idea of self talking.
Recognition: Meemo was presented in the Doctoral consortium of ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interface 2014 in Israel in Feb 2014. It was also presented in the Asia Pacific Computer Human Interaction Conference (APCHI2013) in Sep 2013.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Coming up with relevant scenarios where Meemo will be useful for the users
- Extensive Literature Research and Detailed User study via Semi-Structured Interviews to understand self-talking (Also referred to as self-reflective journalism in some contexts)
- Conceptual Exaggeration of the concept of Privacy in a non-product sense, from an artistic exploration perspective
- Designing of the physical product as well as the mobile application (concept) by various iterations and preliminary user testing
MEEMO – WEARABLE AUDIO JOURNAL AND MOBILE APPLICATION
Meemo is a wearable device designed to capture and self-reflect on your self-talk sessions (soliloquy). The wearable device works in sync with the smartphone app presenting visualizations to aid in introspection and self-reflection.
User Study via Semi-Structured Interviews
We conducted preliminary user research by detailed personal interviews with 10-12 people to gain some first hand information on (a) whether they have the habit of talking to themselves or not (b) If they do, what is the nature of such talks (c) In what context of space and emotional state of mind do such talks happen etc.
The mobile application helps in visualising the prominent themes of the recorded self-talk sessions.The application is to help the users visualise the recorded data in a meaningful way. The audio data is transcribed into text just after syncing with Meemo. The application retains the original recorded track but presents the key highlights of the self talk sessions .
Exploring a potential application in Psychotherapy
Although we were designing the wearable as a generic device for anyone to use, an interesting context of use in Psychotherapy emerged during the process. One of the widely followed therapeutic techniques called Cognitive Behavioral therapy prescribes a self-reflective journal writing practice called CBT Thought Records and our wearable device can be a very effective replacement to the written thought record. We worked in close connection with a Psychotherapist in Toronto in conceptualizing this application.
First Author of paper based on Meemo. It was accepted in ACM International Intelligent User Interface Conference in Israel and in APCHI 2013.
PART II: CUECO – EXPRESSIVE INTERACTIVE WEARABLES
Cueco was imagined as a device that has a character of its own and the person wearing it could talk to it.
- Cueco Ideations: Exaggeration of the idea of exploitation of privacy : A complete private cover suit to express this exploitation.
- Interactive Wearable: An expressive wearable product/apparel that makes you aware of his presence by vibrations/ contraction etc.
Cueco is a bright green color neck hugging Pet wearable. It has these long tentacles which can be folded into expressive shapes of your liking. When you are not talking to the Ceuco for a long time (say 2 hours) the cueco tentacles starts to recede and curl into itself.
Project in collaboration with Manikandan Hk, National Institute of Design.