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odmo

When stressed or sad, people often lash out to family and friends, causing relationships to become stressed. This directly affects our motivation and work ethic with long term side effects if left untreated.  

That’s why I designed the odmo system. It is an emotion tracking and reflecting system which allows working professionals to improve their emotion abilities through gradual changes.

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How it works

 
 

Usage Scenario

 
  Bad Emotion Alert   Get alerted before your negative emotions arise

Bad Emotion Alert

Get alerted before your negative emotions arise

  Reflection on Emotions   Make a reflection on your daily emotions in order to develop self-awareness of your emotional terrain

Reflection on Emotions

Make a reflection on your daily emotions in order to develop self-awareness of your emotional terrain

 
 

User Interface

 
  Emotion Tracking   Constantly track your emotions and  related activities

Emotion Tracking

Constantly track your emotions and  related activities

 
  Daily Emotional Chart   Visualize how your emotions change throughout the day

Daily Emotional Chart

Visualize how your emotions change throughout the day

 
  Monthly Emotional Chart   Show your progress and how well you adhere to your goal

Monthly Emotional Chart

Show your progress and how well you adhere to your goal

 
 
 
 

Tools: 

  • Sketch App, XMind
  • Principle App for microinteraction
  • Processing for visual elements
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding the Problem 

People can detect but can't overcome negative emotions.

From the interviews with students and work professionals, I found that no matter the participants were a student or a working professional, they all faced emotional issues. Working professionals had stress from work and family and faced more mood swings than students. Most of them learnt to be more aware when their stress levels rise and found the right way to respond to them but it is hard to make significant progress.

 
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Defining users' goals 

Working professionals have strong motivation to improve their emotional intelligence.

I built a persona based on the working professionals, who have suffered most from their emotions. Their goals were to improve their emotion-controlling ability, get along well with colleagues, and improve the relationship with familly.

 
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Finding the opportunity

Emotional data should make users feel emotionally related.

I analyzed existing services in the market and categorized them into 3 main functions: emotion tracking, emotional analysis, and emotional journal. 

I realized that the emotional analysis service could only translate emotions into numbers which are not intriguing or proactive. In the opposite, the emotional journal is reflective but it needs users to manually record their feelings and doesn't have objective data to show the progress.

 

     Competitive Analysis

 
 

I defined two axises which were emotional v.s. data-centric and inconsistently tracking v.s. consistently tracking. Then I put above products into this positioning matrix and found the opportunity. 

The opportunity is to combine emotion tracking and analyzing with users' daily reflection in order to predict and prevent negative emotional outbursts and improve their emotional intelligence in the long term.

 
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Finding physical and mental constrains

Analyzing tasks, identification, and gestures in five key contexts

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I analyzed five main contexts and found that during meeting and working, users’ moods were most likely to become very bad, so the features of emotion tracking and alarming were very important. In hallways or driving were good individual moments for them to adjust their emotion. A good time to review the day and do a self-reflection was before bed. Then I analyzed the tasks, postures, identification, and gestures in each context.  

 

Context Analysis

 
 
 
 
 

exploring possible devices and interactions

Using a watch and a pair of earphones as the input and output

Based on constrains and tasks in each context, I ideated the devices and interactions. The band and earphones had these pros and cons. 

Watch
Pros: Convenient for an entire day of wearing and tracking.
Cons: Can’t play the recordings.

Earphones
Pros: Easy to use voice-control.
Cons: Can’t guaranteed to be worn throughout the whole day.

 

Device and interaction Ideation

 
 
 
 
 

Device Ecosystem 

odmo consists of a mobile app, a watch app, and a pair of earphones.

I finally chose the apple watch to consistently track users' emotions, earphones to replay the recordings, and phone to check the emotional data.

 
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Wireframes

3 key features are emotion tracking, reflection moments capturing, and emotional data reviewing.

 
 

Flow chart

 
 
 
 
 

User Testing & Refinements

"Emotional data looks not emotional. I am curious about how the data is collected and how the related content is generated."

 

User feedback

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Refinements

 
 
 
 
 

emotionally Visualizing the data

Using emotional colors and generative shapes 

  1. Started with using color to express different emotions.
  2. Added graphic elements which I generated via Processing.
  3. Placed the icons into a circle which made the interface more consistent.
 
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Using processing as a tool to generate visual elements.

When trying to figure out how to visually express emotion, many common design tools are limiting. Processing is a flexible and expressive tool to generate dynamic visual arts via coding. I created three patterns corresponding to three emotional contexts and applied them to the interfaces underneath.

 
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Final Design 

 
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  Emotion Tracking   Constantly track your emotions and  related activities

Emotion Tracking

Constantly track your emotions and  related activities

 
  Bad Emotion Alerting   Detect your bad emotions and guide you to adjust your emotions

Bad Emotion Alerting

Detect your bad emotions and guide you to adjust your emotions

 
 
  Daily Emotional Chart   Visualize how your emotions change throughout the day and you can make a reflection on it.

Daily Emotional Chart

Visualize how your emotions change throughout the day and you can make a reflection on it.

 
  Play Recordings   Choose an emotional tag and play recordings related to this tag to motivate yourself.

Play Recordings

Choose an emotional tag and play recordings related to this tag to motivate yourself.

 
  Monthly Emotional Chart   Show your progress and how well you adhere to your goal

Monthly Emotional Chart

Show your progress and how well you adhere to your goal

 
 
 
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