A user interface for simultaneously working with YouTube and another application.
Nowadays, the selection of software programs is developing at a rapid pace. The introduction of new features and functions, as well as entirely new applications on the market make it hard for an individual to master a large variety of them. Video tutorials on platforms such as YouTube make it easier to learn these programs.
However, the workflow between YouTube and the applied application is very cumbersome. The constant back and forth between tabs, rewinding and pausing of videos, lead to persistent interruptions of the workflow.
A hardware device that allows you to operate YouTube while simultaneously working in another program could solve issue. This device would have to have the core capability of switching between two programs, as well as basic functions like rewinding, skipping and pausing videos.
Depending on the use case, the device should also allow a video and separate program to be in users the field of vision at the same time.
A Lo-Fi prototype was created with Arduino, 3D-Printing and foam.
Usability-tests were completed with a Lo-Fi prototype to test the legibility of the concept, test interaction patterns and find possibilities for improvement.
The Usability-Test proved that the interface wasn't complex enough, which is why a potentiometer was added. This allowed for more interaction possibilities, such as skipping chapters in a YouTube video.
The rotary encoder became movable by attaching another casing to the slider in the housing and further centering it with springs. Finally, functional prototype was created with an arduino leonardo, a sliding potentiometer and a rotary encoder.
These components were all supported by 3D printed elements. The prototype was then reimagined in product renderings, aiming to give insight as to how the interface would look if it were to arrive on the market.