A connected object prototype is born: BU - a personalized system to stay more consistently hydrated.
Montreal, Canada, 2014-04-09 -
The Montreal teams of ALTO Design, an industrial design agency, and w.illi.am/, a digital consulting and development firm, are pleased to share the initial results of their collaborative efforts on connected environments.
A rewarding collaboration in industrial design and digital technology
The two companies, considered figureheads of their respective industries, have spent over a year combining their expertise to innovate in how we see connections between the physical and the digital worlds. The natural combination of these two worlds has enabled the companies to explore opportunities around connected objects and to work together on a prototype of an initial intelligent object.
Through this long-term association, members of both teams further developed their expertise in fields such as research, user experience, interaction design, industrial design, and technology development.
The emergence of innovative projects Following research, analysis and brainstorming, three project areas were identified:
• Health and personal hydration • Bridging the gap between generations by connecting technology to social media • Helping people manage their nutrition, food shopping and food waste
One project was chosen for development in 2013: a daily personal hydration management system.
A connected object prototype is born: BU
BU is a glass that has integrated sensors that connect to a personalized mobile app. It is the ideal companion for people who want to stay better hydrated throughout the day. The glass sensors track a user’s consumption and a light reminds the user to drink if they forget. Using the mobile app, you can see how you’re doing throughout the day, as well as track your longer-term progress.
“The BU project is an initiative born of intellectual and technological cooperation between the ALTO Design and w.illi.am/ teams,” said Patrick Mainville, Partner and Vice-President Design at ALTO Design. “The end result of this project is extraordinary; I’m very impressed by the underlying thought process and team dynamic.”
The development of the BU project involved seven prototypes of the glass and three for the application, and brought together a total of eight experts who met every two weeks for over a year.
w.illi.am/ Vincent Guérin – Digital Strategist Adrien Arnoux – Digital Marketing Consultant Charles Colby – UX Strategist and Designer Marion-Isabelle Muszynski – UX Designer
Still at the prototype stage, the BU bottle will be officially launched in the coming months.
“All year long, we witnessed an agile and constructive collaboration between two teams that are experts in their fields,” Damien Lefebvre, w.illi.am/ Co-president said. “w.illi.am/ supported its employees’ initiative by offering them the work space and tools to explore new avenues for innovating in the world of connected objects. BU is the end result of this.”
About Alto Design
With a multidisciplinary team of 25 professionals, ALTO is the leading industrial design and engineering agency in Canada. At ALTO, technical mastery is at the service of creativity at the service of experience.
About w.illi.am/ w.illi.am/ offers digital consulting, marketing and development services. Recognized for its expertise in enriching the user experience, the firm has developed solid expertise in multiplatform digital solutions.
Data sheet Official name of the project : BU - a personalized system to stay more consistently hydrated.