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An integrated smart home system that uses sensors to visually map one’s defensible space allowing the user to see wildfire vulnerabilities in their property.

Time Frame

10 weeks

Spring 2020

My Role

UX Research

Visual Design

Interaction Design

Tools

Figma

Rhinoceros, Keyshot

After Effects

Maze

Application Prototype

Application Features

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Physical Product and Technology Used

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Key Findings

Executive Summary🔗   /    Poster 🔗

 
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A integrated smart home system that enables the house’s defensible to be visually mapped and simulated on to create a home that is ready (at least in theory) for shelter-in-place in case of a wildfire.

Time Frame

10 weeks

Spring 2020

Course

Information Architecture

Eun Yoon (June)

Team Members

Varun Khatri 🔗

Amanda Kong

Austin Lavalley 🔗

Jackson Corbett

My Role

UX Research

Visual Design

Interaction Design

Understanding the Problem Area

Although Natural Disasters get a lot of attention, there is a lack of modern technology used in these sectors . The absence of technology leaves room for quite a bit of uncertainty and error which is why we thought it might be a little interesting to look into these misfortunes though the lens of digital twin technology.

Objective

Creation of a service, product or a mobile application that involves the use of the digital twin technology.

Our Goal

Creation of a product that fosters the idea of a fire-adaptive community and eliminates the risk of forest fires.

fireShield- Vision Video

fireShield Vision Film by: Austin Lavalley (Editor), Mahesh Chavan, Nilima Chavan, Nikhil Chavan (Actor), Aparna Somvanshi (Videographer), Varun Khatri (Script), Amanda Kong (Graphics), and Jackson Corbett.

Understanding the Relevance of the problem

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The Research Process Overview

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Key Findings

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Anthropogenic

\ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈje-nik \

of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature.

So if fire isn't all bad?

then we must be better adapted for fire prone living.

Understanding a Fire-Adapted Community

Understanding the Bitter Truth

Forest fires can’t burn down your house even in a prone area if the correct actions are taken.

Measures that are being taken

There are programs in place like Firewise that aim at creating fire-adapted communities. However, while they are locally successful, they are not widely successful.

People are not responsible...

+ Optimism bias (“Won’t happen to me”)
+ Laziness to maintain property
+ Want to save money

until they are affected.

+ A recent fire increases interest to participate in wildfire preparation to maintain property

 

Defining the problem and affinitizing our data points

Target Audience

+ aged 30-50
+ home and property owners
+ (initially) financially strong
+ live in fire-prone areas such as California

Personas and Journey Maps

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Competitor Analysis

Educational/ Informative

Amount of information given to educate users on situations/ what could happen.

Preparedness

Number of insights that lead into preventative measures.

Personalised

Level of personalized insights/ information given specific to user’s situation and environment.

Communal

Level of importance put on a community/ creating a network.

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Determining the opportunity area

Based on the understanding, we started conceptualizing

Initially, we came up two different concepts from our idea pool.

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We chose to focus on the first concept but with additional features from the second concept

 

Introducing fireShield

A integrated smart home system that enables the house’s defensible to be visually mapped and simulated on to create a home that is ready (atleast in theory) for shelter-in-place

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Information Architecture

In order to create a seamless structure for the application we heavily looked into the system that allows users to understand where they are — and where the information they want is — in relation to their current position with several iterations based on the results.

Insight #1

Some of our labelling vocabulary is too confusing for the average person.

Insight #2

Our groups can be nested within each other because they have a good amount of overlap.

Insight #3

There is confusion in the difference between lockdown, simulation and forecast at times.

The difference can be explained during onboarding.

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Wire-framing, Evaluation and Prototyping

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Tools Used: Figma

User Testing Methods

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USE Results Comparison

After Evaluating two rounds based on the tasks: basic login, running a simulation, running a test lockdown, adding a item to the home inventory, browsing and filtering community members, checking community leaderboard and contacting community members, and checking the fire forecast.

My takeaway from this project

After Evaluating two rounds based on the tasks: basic login, running a simulation, running a test lockdown, adding a item to the home inventory, browsing and filtering community members, checking community leaderboard and contacting community members, and checking the fire forecast.

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