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Work and fun

Today’s meeting was again very fruitful and very fun. The main tasks were to design a cover for the iPhone that could help us to develop the 4th model described by Alex here and to establish  the Personas for our project. The second task was successfully done (as you can see in the previous post), and the first one was..half done. :d

Marina suggested that we can build a nice prototype for the cover using..plasticine :). So we took the sketches that we draw last time and having the main material in hands, we started the “work”. Andreea was very excited by the plasticine (and I must admit,  so was I),  so we were the ones busy with the modelling.

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Storm – Brainstorm

Another meeting, another set of ideas.

This time, we went a little further. Having some external inspiration, we realized a few small details. First of all, Beethoven is a great pianist. He knows the piano’s key forwards and backwards, so making him draw lines and letters might not be very intuitive for him. So the best way that we could take is to simulate real piano keys. This means defining specific regions on the screen which the user can tap to record notes. Which brings us to the second problem: there are 8 primary notes (DO, RE, … SI, DO), plus a few other so-called sharp notes. And squeezing all these on a kinda small screen (let’s say, on a iPhone) would result in very thin regions which will be extremely hard (if not impossible) to be used by a person who can’t see them, specially since a touchscreen is, well… flat as a pancake, and doesn’t offer any haptic (tactile) feedback, which makes it even harder to be used to blind users.

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Second meeting

Today we had our second meeting. We established the main functionalities of our application and ate cake 🙂 .

PS : The cake ruuulllleed!

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