What role would extremely small projectors play in people’s lives? Recent developments in opto-electronics allow projectors that fit in ones palm easily, so called pico projectors. Small means also portable and fitting into the cases of other devices, such as mobile phones. To bring these great technological achievements to a wider audience they need to be transformed into use cases that make sense for end users. We set out to explore people’s lives when they are out on the streets, with a special attention on their use of screens and photos.
How to talk about a technology of the future?
Both, the devices already available and the potential applications built on top of them, will bring completely new interaction principles. It is hard to ask people for their opinion on something that will be completely new but isn’t really there yet — so we decided to look more on potential fields of application and related fields. We approached people “in action”, e.g. when they were reviewing the photos they had taken throughout their sightseeing day in Berlin. This made it easier for us to talk about existing practices and possible improvements in this field and people could talk about what they were actually doing.
In the end, we came up with a highly subjective and heterogenous collection of statements. But the “uniformed” contributions of everyday people, who in fact were all more or less experts in related fields, brought the end user perspective effectively to this often technology oriented business.