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SCENT MEMORY BOTTLE

Event Design &  Art Installation

An art installation investigates human extension, olfactory synesthesia, aiming to enhance odor memory and build the local scent culture. The user can select the time and direction of the smell story by rotating the bottle cap to view the uploaded smell story, and then visit event location with the map.

OVERVIEW

4 weeks (2020.09-2021.10)

Adviser: Zhiyong Fu

RESULT

Exhibit in CIDIH-THU 110th Anniversary & New Normal workshop, Ewha Womans University X Tsinghua University

 MY ROLE

Team leader, Interaction experience researcher & designer,  Concept designer, Programmer, Structure designer
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BACKGROUND

4% of the World Has Been Infected With COVID-19, WHO Estimates.

During Covid 19 epidemic sitiation, people all wear masks everyday and also the sense of smell is masked, missing so many memories about smell during this time.
People may ask
:“ How to rebuild our smell experience we have missed?”

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CORE IDEA

Connection / Synesthesia / Olfactory Memory / Time Regression / Story / Urban Memory

Future design based on human extension -- Olfactory synesthesia & Time retrospection

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OUR WORK

We created Scent Memory Bottle, an art installation based on

human extension, Olfactory synesthesia and time retrospection,

aimed to enhance people’s unique memories of scent to build

the scent culture of the region.

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SENARIOS

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Quiet park / Youthful campus / Street corner intersection ...

Places with high traffic and

unique smells around them.

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POV

People who are forced to wear masks and have their sense of smell obscured by the epidemic want to
experience a
"sense of smell" that they have missed somewhere else.

How to give the user a certain "scent experience" while wearing the mask? 

In what way do you make the user feel the scent?

How to resonate with the user's feelings?

How to make them experience "the smells they have missed in the past"

How to make the whole experience more engaging and interesting?

How to tell the scent story? 

How to make people feel safe in the experience?

 (Distance, Understanding, Hood, Expression)

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HMW

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HOW TO USE

1.

Rotate the bezel.

 

Red arrow points in the direction of the scent you are looking for.

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5.

Press the cap of the bottle.

 

A gentle breeze comes,

the smell stories corresponding to time and location.

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2.

Rotate the cap of the bottle.

Select the time of the scent you want to retrace.

3.

Front screen shows the time of the scent stories as the cap rotating.

(Year/month)

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4.

The bottom of the bottle will flash the red light to indicate that there are many scent stories at this time and direction now.

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6.

Scan the QR code into the

mini program.

 

You can browse the scent map & Upload your own scent story.

7.

The map on the printed card will lead you to find the location of the scent story, and feel the story through time and space.

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IMPACT GOAL

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Total: 105

Time Duration: 1996.Jun - 2020.Jul

Update time: 2020.Oct

In our website/mini program, we have a map mode to show all of the olfactory stories uploaded by community.

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PROTOTYPE & TESTING 1.0

1. Rotate the bezel

4. Print the scent map

5. Scan the QR code,

    enter the Wechat applet.

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2. Rotate time dial

3. Press time cap

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We made our first prototype with cardboard-

based materials and conducted user testing,

Overall we got good feedbacks, but we still needed to make further adjustments to the structure of the prototype.

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PROTOTYPE & TESTING 2.0

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Sensor Hall:

Rotary Encoder:

Rotate & Press

8 Directions

Identification of magnetic fields

Direction determination

Press the button and blow.

Print out a scent map

Printout & Air Outlet

& Button & Screen

& Directional Arrows:

Screen:

Time Retrospection

Bearing:

More comfortable 
& smooth rotation

After the first round of user testing, we changed the position of the printer and added a screen to show the time.
Also, we put it
in the real forest to test.

Printer & Fan:

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DESIGN DETAIL

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LOGO:

COLOR:

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Bottle + Memory + Overlap

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DIMENSION

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MATERIAL LIST

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Sensor Hall

Directional information

via magnetic output

Rotary Encoder

Rotation time 

& Press confirmation

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3D Modal

Stable & Precise

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Little Bottle

A clear, rhyming bottle is more evocative.

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Fan

Printout

Ten seconds to blow.

Little Printer

Map of Blow Out Scent & scent stories

Time Screen

Show the corresponding time with the knob

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VIDEO

Video duration: 2'38''

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EXPLORATION

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After identifying the problems that exist, we do what we need to
do to solve them. Using a
2*2 matrix, we list a number of possible
design outputs
in physical-virtual, personal-public dimensions,
and finally focus on a
prototype of physical interaction as a vehicle
for extending the primary senses, integrating information into
visual
publics and websites, and engaging citizens to extend their influence

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​USABILITY TESTING

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8 students and teachers were selected for user testing, centering on the small woods of Tsinghua University of Arts and Sciences, and the whole process of their system was tested for usability.

Result & Questions:
·The overall 
feedback is good, the average user experience rating of 8
 people
is above 8. And would like to continue to contribute their own
 scent stories to it and  willing to
recommend it to others.

·Users were able to use the device smoothly and complete the task by
 reading the prompt instructions.

·The overall process is somewhat complex, making the
learning
 experience difficult for first-time users and taking some time in
 understanding the whole set of concepts.

·The
geographical range covered by the device is not very clear and
 can be marked out to
make it clearer to users.

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FEEDBACKS & IN THE FUTURE

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We have collected 112 stories from different directions and time.

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1, Continue to increase the places of service, and add more installations.
2, Gather more interesting scent stories, and put them all together on our official web, to create a whole scent map of local culture!