BABY LUCENT — PITFALLS OF APPLYING
QUANTIFIED SELF TO BABY PRODUCTS
HOW CAN CRITICAL DESIGN SUPPORT DECISION MAKING WHEN DESIGNING FOR CONNECTED BABY PRODUCTS?
How will quantified self affect the family life?
We interviewed parents to understand what is most important to them in the first month of parenting and to see their reactions to existing concepts for quantified self products for babies. Most of them were disturbed by tech-driven solutions of smart diapers and body suits with electronics on the babies skin.
Combining our research with a vision of a dystopian future we consolidated our findings into 3 pitfalls of quantified baby products. We then developed a concept inspired by a critical design approach.
The features of the feeding bottle, the pacifier and the app were not inherently bad design but should raise questions for the audience. We used a short comic to communicate a usage scenario in context. We showed our props to groups of to-be parents to validate our concerns in this design area. In a last step we derived guidelines for designers from the pitfalls.
In this project critical design was used to rethink a market segment where technology push has led to innovative products. A fictive product was used to identify pitfalls and derive design recommendations.