All in all, our product is nothing more than a meeting place. A meeting place for sports activities to be more exact. It is a larger pillar with a conspicuous appearance, which strikes you instantly. It has a touchpad for user input, as well as a display panel at the top. It is placed at sports grounds and parks.
The built-in touchpad allows the user to create sports events and to invite friends to join the game. SmartCourt comes with an app for smartphones, which informs users about created events. If a visitor creates a sports event, for example a simple basketball game, he has the opportunity to invite either his friends or people nearby, or both. They will be notified about the upcoming game, the time and the location via push notification and have the possibility to accept or reject the invitation. The pillar and the players, who are already on site will be informed about their decision, so they’ll know, if they have to invite more players. In addition, a display panel is installed at the top of the pillar, which can display current scores, remaining time or upcoming events.
The benefits are more than obvious. Health-promoting behavior is encouraged by fun. Sports activities are proven to be healthy and most people are having more fun, when doing sports in groups. Therefore SmartCourt provides a platform to easily meet each other. Ideally, it motivates the people to spend more time in the fresh air than at home on the sofa.
As a first and most important next step we have to figure out the must-haves and nice-to-haves, because there are so many possibilities. The locations of the pillars should be carefully selected. It is also necessary to determine whether a new social network is necessary, or whether to rely on existing social networks such as Facebook.
After doing quite a lot of user research, ideation and brainstorming, we came up with the idea of an interactive pillar. Our main point is to make outdoor sports activities more attractive by linking it to the users social network. An integrated graphical user interface allows the user to create sports events.
Most people are more likely to do sports in groups rather than on their own. Keeping this in mind, imagine a guy playing alone on a big basketball court. By setting up pillars on sports grounds users are able to invite their friends to come and play together. Friends are notified via a mobile application installed on their smartphones and now have the opportunity to accept or reject the invitation. Their decision is synchronized automatically on the pillar and furthermore shows, based on ones GPS coordinates, the estimated time of arrival of each friend. Once every friend has arrived the game begins. As an additional feature, our pillar shows live scores by making use of sensors integrated in baskets, goals etc.
All in all, the pillar can be described as a social gathering point for people who like to do sports in groups. It encourages people to go outside, do more physical activities and therefore contributes to a more healthy lifestyle.
In our previous blog posts were were describing our overall concept by introducing AVALOG. This week we were further finalizing our idea and developed a first prototype. We’ve started with a HTML mockup and improved it in multiple iterations. Finishing by the end of this week we produced a video-prototype which represents AVALOG.
Why is there a need for AVALOG?
There are many observers in the field who support the Bavarian Avalanche Centre with important facts about the avalanche situation of a certain area. Though, this data is not exchanged digitally between both parties. Still, the centre is calling every single observer and asks for the information. The gathered data is then being integrated into the
avalanche report, so that late phone calls lead to stressful situations, as the report has to be published within fixed time frames.
What is AVALOG?
We replace the phone call by providing AVALOG – an application which enables the observer to push the gathered data directly to the Bavarian Avalanche Centre. There’s no need for time consuming phone calls anymore – with AVALOG the observer doesn’t need to wait for the call and the other party in return doesn’t need to phone every single observer. As a result the avalanche report can be published much faster.
How does it work?
From the observer’s perspective:
Once all related data (e.g. snow depth, snow surface, temperature, etc.) are gathered, Karl just fires up AVALOG and enters the necessary information.
From the Bavarian Avalanche Centre’s perspective:
Worker Peter first logs into AVALOG and sees directly that Karl has sent its report.
However AVALOG reminds Peter, that there are still some reports missing. In that case Peter would call candidates, who haven’t sent their reports yet.
What are the benefits?
AVALOG provides the following benefits for the Bavarian Avalanche Centre:
- Improves workflow by parallelized data gathering
- Saves time by replacing the phone call
- Simplifies tasks with automated data highlighting
- Faster publishing of the avalanche report