Experince Prototypes

Experince Prototypes

In chapter 3, I outlined the perspective on prototypes in this thesis. The experience prototypes was made after the interview, to generate new knowledge of the experience of pregnancy and empathy. The prototypes inspired by Mattelmaki view on empathy probes (Mattelmaki 2002) where the idea is to investigate the context and personal perspective of users and generate new understandings based on user participation by means of self- documentation. Empathy probes (Mattelmaki 2002) combing the probes approach with interviews and make-tools, where I was trying to empathise with the participants during the interviews, and from that probing as a making tool to explore the questions and ideas there involved from the interviews and the research question: How can a wearable provoke questions around empathy?

My aim was to see how others react to the experience of pregnancy. Would they think more about what it is like to be pregnant than they would have before? What is the wearer’s perspective based on their experience?

In this thesis, the probing did not involve any self-documentation, but I took pictures of the wearers testing the prototypes instead. The process enabled me to explore the interaction of the wearer and the prototypes, which made me understand the difference from when a man was wearing it compared to when a woman tries the prototype on. I also noted the difference from somebody that has experienced pregnancy, or has a close connection to the hands or experience pregnancy themself, compared to someone that has never touched a pregnant woman before.

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