From April to May 2022, I worked with Tangible interactive to design a wristband to attach a VR sensor for a project by XR Immersive Tech. Key design considerations were ease of donning and doffing, sizing and ergonomics, comfort and feel, security of the device while in motion, and longevity in a high-use environment.
I was contracted to create concepts and prototypes, advise on materials, and make a techpack for the soft components and work with the inhouse designers on the hard components.
The process began with market research and quick sketches. I narrowed these down to four concepts which were presented to the team for feedback. We chose to move forwards with prototyping no. 4, as it was simple while still looking unique. Throughout the process I made four prototypes, each building on the last while incorporating user testing feedback.
- Made from neoprene and 3d printed TPU?
- End tab to keep the strap from coming undone
- Magnetic mounting for the sensor
- Velcro closure allows for a large range of sizes in both child and adult sizes
- Shape allows the sensor to sit 4” from the wrist, where it is most effective
- 3d print is thin and flexible enough to fit comfortably around the wrist while still being stable enough to support the sensor
- Spandex backing on the strap end lets it glide through the adjuster while the neoprene prevents slipping around the wrist