CYLLY

Overview

Technology has become an integral part of our daily ecosystem. It can aid our processes, but can also distract us from appreciating real connections. This project challenged me to design a Bluetooth speaker that would resonate not only with children but also with their parents. 

Role & Timeframe

Primary Industrial Designer

User Research, Form Development, Prototyping, Interaction Desing

2017 - 10 Week Project

Technology is growing ever more prominent in the lives of young parents. This is leading to a growing lack of interaction, crucial in early child development.

The Problem

The Challenge

How can we design a speaker to influence the connection between first-time parents and their children?

A Child's Priorities...

Shape

Focus on simple, familiar, geometric shapes 

Size

Keep at a manageable size for a child to grab and hold

Look to add in elements of softness and warmth

Feel

The Parents...

Safety

Focus on simple, familiar, geometric shapes 

Ease of Use

Keep at a manageable size for a child to grab and hold

Price

Look to add in elements of softness and warmth

Key Insights

I assumed at the end of the day the parents would be whom I'd have to win over. But upon researching the top 3 reasons parents buy toys found that the children's desires are still the leading factor.

Their Child's wants, desires, & wishes

85%

Price/Promotion/Sales

72%

48%

Inline Rating & Reviews

Form 

Development

Using MDF I worked out various forms and figured out the ideal hinge location. The material allowed for experimenting with chamfering and filleting.

 - Final Product -

A DEVICE THAT KEEPS UP WITH

YOU AND

YOUR LITTLE ONE

Listen

Pair Device

Clip

 - Interaction -

Controls

Power

Power button located on outer surface

Volume

Touch capacitive volume toggles on the top surface

Bluetooth

Simply pair your speaker via mobile device to play

Ultimate Portability

Cylly features a hinge mechanism that paired with magnetic locking allows it to be attached to an infant's surroundings. Put simply, Cylly is able to go where you go.