Our inspiration for the design was simplicity and magic. We started by asking: how can we evangelize the capabilities of Intel Wireless Docking, a new and unfamiliar Intel technology, into a seamless and magical user experience. Through research and technical analysis, we transformed the product into a user-centered solution with intuitive, unobtrusive and seamless experience. We faced a number of challenges: footprint, antenna, thermal, UI, weight distribution, and cable management.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Intel WiDock is a synthesis of advanced wireless technology in an elegant, user friendly desktop computing peripheral. The simplicity of the form and user experience echo the overall product objective of providing a seamless and wireless connectivity experience during the transition from mobile to stationary computing. This theme of elegant simplicity is further demonstrated through the implementation of an intuitive touch- capacitive backlit user interface, space-efficient, modern design.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Docking: UI Appears for successful connection in underglow of product
Notification: UI Appears for notification of docking status or system update requirement
Touch Capacitive UI: The UI only appears on command of the user, to know what peripherals are plugged in, and to Dock or UnDock while at the desk.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
2014-2015 Hillsboro, OR and manufactured with MPT in Shanghai, China
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Our team worked closely with our manufacturer to push the limits of manufacturing and process. We were able to accomplish a unibody polycarbonate top chassis design, which embodies the simplicity and purity of our design intent for the industrial design and user experience.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 86mm x Depth 84mm x Height 84mm
minimalist, user interface, modern, avant garde, wireless, clean
We tested the technology and experience with a broad range of technical and strategy experts both unfamiliar and familiar with Intel WiGig. Our research included Usability Testing, Participatory, Ethnographic and Heuristic to better understand opportunities in refining the flow of technology, specifically in work environments and in the home. This research was a critical driver for our design process, and contributed directly to optimizing the product footprint, product height to live comfortably at your desk and beneath display monitors, cable management to be at the back of the system, solid weight distribution, designing a singular orientation antenna, a back-lit User Interface, and a hybrid cooling solution that directs any hot air away from the user.
Intel Wireless Docking was a new and unfamiliar Intel technology. We tested the technology with internal experts and performed technical analysis. We faced a number of challenges including: optimizing the product footprint, simplifying the antenna configuration, driving thermal management away from the user, architecting an on-demand back-lit touch capacitive user interface, far-view docking status, stabilizing weight distribution, cable management, and manufacturing a seamless, polycarbonate uni-body chassis.
TEAM MEMBERS (7) :
Aleks Magi, Hosam Haggag, Steve Lofland, Irina Lazutkina, Hao Li, Mark Gallina and Intel WiDock SDS Team
Four Winds Creative