Seek 👀


Current market devices such a child cameras, smartwatches, and GPS trackers are designed for either the child or the parent, not both. Many also take power and privacy away from the child, allowing the parent to track them constantly.

Seek treats the child and parent equally, giving them the same restrictions and access to information. This helps to preserve a strong relationship built on trust and understanding.


Using Seek’s device system, children and parents can capture their everyday memories to share with each other at home


Roles:

User Research
Rapid Prototyping
Physical Fabrication
UI Design
Soldiworks CAD
Keyshot Visualization

Duration:

10 weeks
(March 2023-May 2023)



















Problem Space Research


Parent Case Studies


To better understand parent-child relationships, and gain insight into their thoughts and emotions, I worked with 2 sets of parents:


*To protect participants’ privacy, all faces and names have been removed, changed, or blurred




Children Studies


To understand the minds of children, I also worked closely with developmental psychologist Dr. Erik Thiessen, and the students at The Children’s School @ Carnegie Mellon





Sketching out initial ideas





Modelling Prototypes

While I begin by exploring geometric shapes inspired by handheld devices such as walkie-talkies, remotes, and keyfobs, I soon realized that these felt too mechanical and emotionless. 

I then turned towards exploring organic forms, taking pebbles as my base and drawing my desiers features on top of them. Taking what I learned from this, I made a couple more forms, focusing on creating a balance of flat and convex surfaces.





Testing Prototypes


Throughout the design process, I would share my prototypes with the kids from the Children School and with the parents I was working with to get their feedback

During these study sessions, I could also observe first hand how they interact with the product and take notes on what was intuitive to them



CMF Design


The final Solidworks model was taken into Keyshot to explore different materials, colors, and finishes before deciding on the final choices








Thank You :)

Catherine Liu 2023