Aquasa.

​Personal Project | 2 Months | 2020

An Interactive aquarium for children's creativity​

Aquasa is an interactive and educational fish tank which stimulates children's creativity through interaction with animals and exploration of colors and patterns from nature. This project aims to allow children to learn, discover, and be inspired by nature even at home. The drawing and observation involved will help the participants’ cognitive development.

Focus:

Innovation

Interaction 

Children’s Learning

User Experience

Scopes:

User Research

Interview Analysis

Market Research

Prototyping

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Background 

Fish tanks today & What they lack 

It serves as a heavy decoration, which takes up extra space in most households. There's a lack of interaction between owners and their pets which overall provides a poor user experience

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Design for Human

Design for Fish

Design for Interior

Design Goal

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Interviews

Why Do People Like to Raise Cold-Blooded Animals?

To learn more about why and how people raised cold blood animal, 10+ people within different age group were interviewed

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"My daughter loves to watch fish swimming around, and the fish tank helps to divide the space and beautifies the environment."

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--Yanfei, age 48 (fish & turtle)

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“I have raised fish since I was a child. My parents believed that raising cold-blooded animals is beautiful and convenient.”

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--Fengyang, age 23 (fish & turtle)

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“I raise fish for my granddaughter. Feeding the fish provides joy for me and my family. The aquarium also has a calming effect.”

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--Heyun, age 70 (fish)

“I raised fish when I was little. I think they are pretty and, more importantly, I won't feel bad if they died.”

--Zhenyang Xu, age 23 (fish)

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Interviews Analysis
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Purpose

Family decoration

Fun for children

Space separation

Liven up the household

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Basic Needs

Something to enjoy during the free time

Fish tank serves as a space separation

Calming

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Problems

Have a hard time changing the water

Hard to manage the water quality

Fish will die if it eats too much

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Who?

People don't like hairy pet

Kids

Student

Seniors

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Why?

Cold-blooded animals is much easier to raise than other hairy pet

Fish tank is calming

Children love it

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Fish tanks today are only designed for adult users 

Many families raise fish for kids; however, most manufacturers forget that many users are children.

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Market Research

Existing Product & Target Audiences

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Senior

Interactive

Ornamental

Kid

Market Opportunity

Interactive Fish Tank for Children

Design Brief

Design a fish tank that serves as a creative learning tool to help with the children's cognition and creativity development

Target Audiences

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Development of children's cognition:

"Drawing and observation help children's cognitive development"

Enjoyment

1.5 - 2yr

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Able to recognize colors

Observation

2 - 3yr

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Able to recognize more colors & draw simple shapes

4 - 5yr

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Parents & Kid

Children's Age: 1.5-10 years old

Hobbies: Drawing, Building blocks, Playing with animals

Thinking

Able to draw with colors, patterns, and shapes

6+yr

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Drawing has more details and able to draw from objects

Design Opportunities

1

The lack of physical interaction between cold-blooded animals and human causes human to consider these animals as part of the family decoration instead of family members like cats and dogs

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2

User is expecting some smart devices to improve the raising experience 

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3

The reason why people don't have a deep emotional connection with fish is that they don't have their self-identities such as name or other things for a human to recognize

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Fishtank is an excellent way for children to learn about animals, be responsible, and even be creative. Many children love to observe fishes and enjoy watching the swimming movement of the fishes

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Ideation Sketches
Form Development
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Clay Modeling
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Final Design Sketch
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Exploded View
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User Storyboard
Final Design
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​Smart Control

Pen Holder & Auto Feeder

Flexible & Interactive

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Omnidirectional Vision

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Clean & Beautiful

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Easy & Replaceable

Easy Navigation

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Interactive

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Unique Drawing Canvas

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Learn from nature in a new way

"Drawing and observing help children's cognitive development"

Children interact with fish through drawing on the aquarium surface or drawing with fish patterns projected on the floor

Highlight Features:

- Glass marker to draw on the aquarium surface

- Fish skin patterns project on the floor

- Flexible texture surface for physical interaction

- Smart control for water quality, lighting, and auto feeder

- Multiple fish skin patterns provided by the touch interface

- Replaceable filter