For the app version of my counting device, I evaluated what were the successful properties of my physical device. The conclusion I got to is that what made it interesting was:
- Visual feedback of amount: seeing the tower of rings gives the user a notion that is very visual impactful.
- Personalization of the user’s goal: the top bar where users could write down their personal and unique objectives with this counting.
- The playfulness of using Cheerios for the rings. That was what made the physical device unique. But how could I bring that to the digital sphere?
After thinking for a while, I decided to create an app that still uses cereal as a counting unit. This time, the food was not real but I tried to compensate that by giving an extra feature that the physical version did not have: users could choose the cereal they wanted to use for the counter (cheerios or fruit loops). Besides that, one thing I added was an “ending”. When the desired number is reached, a screen with a cereal bowl (full or empty, depending on your goal) would be displayed, along with a message.
Check out the prototype I made
Set up the counter properties:
Counting (coffee example):