Physical Computing – Week #9 – Final project Planning

In the last week, after sharing my thoughts on the final P-comp project, I teamed up with Xiwei and Ruta from my class. We spend a lot of this week researching and defining our project goal and usage. We made kind of a general thought that our product is a toy from kids to teach them the idea of electronics, but it the most simplest way to understand. In order to do that, we had a few back and forth emails with our teacher Benedetta, to try and get as much information about what’s available today regarding toys and electronics for young ages, and how we can make object the will be different.

As far as researching, most of insights from parents, sellers in toy stores and phycologists, we need to use shape, color and size in order to catch children’s attention, specifically, bold and big shapes, contrast colors and size that can fit a child hand, but not too big or heavy.

We out our first thought to paper:


Our first attempt to put this thought into reality, was the basic shapes that can help leading the child for a simple interaction – Put together a complete toy figuring the different sizes. Our electronic feature will be simple as sound, light and spin. Each shape will demonstrate a feature that most likely used by it’s shape: fan to a circle, speaker to square, pyramid to light (yes, light can be any shape!).

I had some thought of reference for the design, but it might be too complex for out target audience, aged 2-4, but I might use colors reference, which I think make a good combinations:




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As for out assignments for this week, Ruta created this time table, for this to be one of her favorite stuff- organizing time 🙂


We’re building an educational toy for kids. The goal of the toy is to teach kids electronics in the appealing hands-on way.

While doing the market research, we noticed that most of the products are aimed towards 8 year old kids and older and there’s not a lot of variety to a really small ones. Our goal is to try and create something for 3 year olds and maybe a bit younger or older.

All the education material says that at this age kids start recognizing patterns among objects and putting them together. They start organizing objects based on the size, shape and color.

Playing with such a small age kids, we cannot teach electronics in the same way as we would teach 8 year olds (explain about different components, etc.), so our main goal is to put electronics concepts in the back of their minds for the future.


As part pf the planning we had to plan Bill of Materials, we made a general one for now and we will narrow it this week.


We wanted to tryout objects in terms of size and shape, so we prepared this examples for interactions:

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And some visualizations:


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