I’ve been developing my idea for the navigating experience brief, building on the concept for a product that encourages tourists to get lost and really experience where they’re visiting. I’ve thought about it and this project doesn’t really have to be for just tourists, anyone can discover something new about a place, no matter how well they know it. I have done some rough sketches of the design and it’s helping me visualise my idea a lot more. I’ve decided the product needs to be quite small so that it’s not a hassle to take about with you. So far, I’ve come up with a form that is thin and rectangular so that bit easily fits in a pocket but is big enough to display information.
So here’s my idea : A product that notifies the user when they’re about to pass something interesting. It displays a small amount of information about the place. This will encourage people to go and visit places other than the busy, popular sites in a city/town. This will reduce queue sizes and enrich the person’s experience of the place by really encouraging them to explore the location. It could map where you’ve been and make it accessible online so the user has a record of the places they’ve visited. Locals could add to the database of points of interest so that the user experience is most authentic. I’m still trying to decide how the product will notify the user that they are passing something, as I don’t want it to be too similar to a phone notification. I want to user to be able to really focus on where they are, not get distracted by technology such as the way you have to pay constant attention to other navigation experiences such as Google Maps. The product is meant to improve their trip, not distract them from it.