Educational Tools Of The Future
EPIC is a set of learning tools for children that aims to bring about holistic development
through interactive physical products in their surroundings
EPIC was designed in collaboration with Dynamicland, during my Interaction Design Residency there.
Learn more about Dynamicland here
Research, Rapid & High Fidelity Prototyping, UI & UX for all products, Systems Design
Ishan S, Kritika K & Prabhav J
6 months, spring & summer 2018
Realtalk (OS), paper & laser cutting
Innovation, systems thinking, design research, future casting, IxD
children 8 years and younger have their own digital devices
of 2-5 year olds spend time playing games on digital devices everyday
teachers believe use of digital technology can hamper a child's ability to communicate face to face
While digital media consumption may increase intellectual development in young children, it also leads to a significant decrease in their social and emotional development.
Studies show that constant use of digital media can lead to decreased attention spans, difficulty in writing, depression, social isolation and many more disorders
How Might We
design educational tools that bridge the gap between the physical & digital world to bring about holistic development in children?
The Proposed Solution
EPIC is a set of interactive learning tools for children that encourage socializing, exploring and bonding by interacting with physical interactive objects in their surroundings and spaces.
We envisioned the products to be an integral part of the infrastructure of any space. For now, we designed products based at home, school and a third space like library.
Geometry At School
A dynamic text book that enables learning of basic concepts through collaboration, physical interactions, conversations & fun!
Discovery In The Library
An interactive book that enables independent discovery through audio, visual and tactile feedback.
Bonding At Home
A fun game that encourages parents and children to engage in meaningful conversation about important life lessons
The design process
Parents are worried about effects of "screen time" and so, strive to inculcate social & physical skills amongst their children
Jose | Educator
“Kids need to be made aware of the things in their environment. They have very little empathy for things”
Aaron | Engineer
"I’m worried about the over obsession with the screen and so have laid down strict ground rules about usage”.
Neta | Engineer
“I think in the digital world, children get answers very easily, so I don’t think they really ask questions ."