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Agnes Günther

Industrial and Communication Designer
Edoardo Mercati

Industrial Designer
Iain Kettles

Luiz Ferreira

Industrial Engineer



The Final Post

Welcome to our final blog post!emistime final presentation

It’s been quite a journey but finally everything is almost finished!

We had the final presentation earlier this week which was a great success for all groups. We showed a short video we made with Starting Point and then answered a few questions from Matthijs from the Amsterdam Creative Industries. We were really pleased with the response from people about our solution and also the experience we made for the attendees of the exposition.

Last Friday we filmed the video at the Ijburg Hotel in Amsterdam. The video was filmed in one day by Bas from Starting Point and was edited in one day by Edoardo. You can see it below:

The response to the video and the solution was really good. It was a stressful few weeks rushing to get the video made and final changes done but we did it!

We created a small experience for the people at the exposition where they get to demo some of the main functionalities of our solution. This included the Job List application and also the Checklist application which we linked to a small back end we made last week for the purposes of the demonstration. This allowed people to use the web platform where we added a job under their name, afterwards they could start the Job List application which loads the information for that job to the pair of Google Glass. From here they had to complete a small checklist, submit the information and then complete the job all using Glass. The changes were then reflected in the web platform as we showed them the project completion. We also allowed them to take a selfie with Google Glass using a mirror we had setup and then printed the photos onto polaroid presentation of emistime

As everything comes to a close we’re wrapping up the rest of the project for our deliverables, pushing our code to GitHub and making sure there’s no stones left unturned. I don’t think anyone could have predicted what our final solution would be from the early stages, we had big hopes for possible indoor navigation using iBeacons but the technical limitations with glass and LEBT technology was too much for the time we had. Nevertheless we’re really pleased with the solution we’ve made, we did our best to target the problems we discovered during our research and the feedback we’ve had from industry people, stakeholders and users has been really positive overall.

But now is not the end!emistime review

Edoardo, Agnes and Iain will be staying in Amsterdam for the next semester to continue the project as a start up. With help from the staff at mediaLAB hopefully we can take this project to the next step!


emistime_conceptThe planning of the video has been discussed since the beginning of  Sprint 5 where the first storyboards were designed. To get more ideas and to create a better story of the solution, we presented the storyboard to our stakeholders and asked a professional storyteller – EvertJan Koning for feedback. Nevertheless it is still difficult to explain our product because of its complexity, trying to create a story that appeals to a diverse audience is difficult with such a business focused concept.



In the beginning of the final sprint we implemented the story according to the feedback session we had with the stakeholders. The main idea for the video is not to explain all features and benefits of the system but to show how the solution effects the worker’s daily life. This makes it much easier for a broad audience to understand what emistime is and what it’s useful for.  The clip will show the current practices, the problems involved and then contrasts this with a very similar clip that uses the emistime solution. We used the contest of cold, blueish colors in the first clip to warm colors in the second clip. This created a real contrast between the worker’s experience without the solution and with the solution.paper-problem

While writing this post, we are editing the video. We are looking forward to present to you our solution on Wednesday 21st January at the mediaLAB.product shooting_header




An interesting way to support the design process consists in giving workshops related to the subjects along the development process. Experts from MediaLAB and other professionals give the workshops and eventual lectures regarding various subjects along the semester such as user testing, prototyping, business model canvas and others. This post is related to the Make it Visual Workshop and the Ideation Workshop.

In the Make it Visual workshop we were introduce some basic techniques in visual thinking and visual harvesting. These techniques are used to help ones to communicate about ideas more effectively, both within the team and towards people.

We had other valuable workshop named Ideation. In this opportunity we started checking our understanding of the problem. In order to generate good ideas, it is vital to fit them well within the problem context.
The workshop introduces several high-paced and productive exercises that can be used to generate lots of ideas in a short time frame. The team will then try and cluster the idea into potential solutions. Some of the most important goals of the workshop are to get the mind opened and change the way we look at the world.



Installers and constructors need vast amounts of information to aid carrying out their work safely and efficiently. Technical installations are getting more and more complex, the necessary information varies case by case and should be easily accessible without hindering productivity. How can an intelligent Google Glass interface increase efficiency and safety in the construction industry? What methodologies are useful in creating successful solutions for this line of work?

In order to develop this project, an interdisciplinary team from a variety of different backgrounds and nationalities has been chosen. The team consists of a programmer, a graphic designer, an industrial engineer and an industrial and communication designer.


The team was assigned a task to create a visual presentation outlining the problem and possible solutions. Creativity took precedence in this assignment, the group decided to tell a story using a movie-scene offering great flexibility and a wider scope for the assignment.
Before starting with the user scene, the group met with Ava Fatah, a researcher from London with a solid background in research for augmented reality. Together we tried Google Glass to get an idea of what the product is and isn’t capable of.


During the second day, the content of the movie and the storyboard were finalised. As the end user and its specific needs have not yet been defined, the story is based on a real life situation, making it more relative to the viewer. The user scene shows not only the problem but also potential solutions to widen the scope of what is possible with Google Glass regardless of it being conceptual.


The first person perspective chosen for most of the user scene creates a more effective point of view but required us to source another, more portable camera designed for these perspectives. As to not waste any time, the group started filming some scenes in the third person perspective using the camera already provided. This made filming with the GoPro camera the next day faster and more efficient as we had a better idea of what shots were required and the work needed to achieve them whilst still ensuring the effectiveness of the shot.