© 2019 by Mary Murray

Exhibit at Boston Museum of Science

Tangible Interface, Prototype

Robot Park

Summary
Challenge

A science exhibit that teaches visitors how to program by controlling a robot.

To create a more intuitive and fun interface for an exhibit created by Michael Horn.

Role

Researcher, Designer, Builder

Process

I spent two sessions observed visitors interacting with Robot Park, noting where they got stuck using the exhibit.

For example, almost all visitors ran into problems with commands like "Repeat" which required adding a separate number piece under the rest of the commands.

Solution

Among the changes I made to the exhibit was to modify the interface object from flat puzzle-like pieces to interconnecting blocks.

 

Compared to the original design, blocks were more inviting for the visitors to use - encouraging them approach and explore the exhibit.

Implementation

I built a fully working prototype of the new physical interface, creating interconnected and rotating wooden blocks.