Rapid prototyping Google Glass – by an experience designer in Google’s X team

Google are starting to talk a lot about Glass, releasing a video yesterday entitled How It Feels [through Glass].

 

This reminded me of a great video by Tom Chi, an experience designer in Google’s X team, explaining how quickly they created prototypes for Glass.

via Only Dead Fish

 

It’s tempting to think that the prototyping for a project such as Google Glass would have been a complex, lengthy process lasting months if not years but this short, charming talk from Tom Chi (experience designer in the Google X team) gives a fascinating insight into how their process of creation was greatly accelerated through rapid prototyping. The first prototype was built in an hour using coat hangers, a tiny projector and a piece of plexiglass. Subsequent prototypes took even less time and used materials as diverse as paper, clay, modelling wire, chopsticks and hairbands. From these models they were able to glean useful insights into the social awkwardness of gesture controls which led to them dropping fetaures which had been thought integral. As Chi says, “Doing is the best kind of thinking”. Fascinating.

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