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NeuraVault

Mobile App Design
UX/UI: A. Vangelatos

Duration: 2 weeks

Brief: Think of a unique idea that you will translate into a digital app. This idea should be futuristic — using technology that we don’t yet have but is possible, and it should solve a real problem for users!

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Combining Two Emerging Technologies

Imagine a world where the boundary between the human mind and machine is blurred and individuals have the ability to preserve their memories. This isn't just a dream. It's a rapidly approaching reality, driven by two cutting-edge technological advancements.
 

Video Reconstruction from Brain Activity
UC Berkeley's team, led by Professor Jack Gallant, pioneered the use of fMRI technology in 2011 to decode and reconstruct video from brain activity. Despite initial blurriness, these reconstructions showed promise and, with AI's evolution, are set to soon deliver high-resolution visualizations directly from human vision.

Neuralink
Elon Musk's revolutionary Brain-Computer Interface microchip, designed for brain integration, has begun human trials in 2023 after receiving FDA approval. This technology aims to create a direct brain-to-device communication but also to remedy neurological disorders, and augment the human experience.

Movie Reconstruction from Brain Activity

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Neuralink

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Site map & User Flow

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Visual Persona

Developing The Idea

To confirm market interest and identify the target audience, strategic plans were crafted to guide the app's next design phases. Given the vast potential of these technologies, the initial idea included dreams and senses. However, after user feedback, the concept was streamlined solely into memories, creating a strong Minimum Viable Product.
 

  • Value Proposition
    Our Neuralink App helps anyone who wants to have access to their memories, ensuring they are not forgotten and can be accessed any time. It is like iCloud for memories!
     

  • Customer Segment Definition
    Individuals of all ages using BCI devices like Neuralink, who are keen on technology and personal growth. They are active in exploring and sharing memories through advanced technology, fostering connection and community.
     

  • Hypothesis Statement
    We believe that by giving to people of all ages the possibility to access their memories, we can achieve enhanced life experiences and memory preservation. We will know we are right by monitoring metrics such as user acquisition, retention and satisfaction, as well as the number of archived memories grows. Moreover, gathering feedback from users and medical professionals will further help us evaluate the impact and success of our app.

Visual Aesthetics

What should a future application look and feel like? Inspiration for the next stages was found in sci-fi films, avant-garde products with bold designs, and contrasting textures that abstractly unveil the unseen, such as human memories.

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Moodboard

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Crazy 8s

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Mid-Fi Prototype

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UI Evolution

Designing The Product

Ideation

Using the Crazy 8s brainstorming method, eight different unbiased ideas were sketched in eight minutes. Following this, users selected the best version by voting for the idea that most effectively represented reality in a full-screen view.

Mid-Fis

Taking a step further, the concept evolved, allowing users to not only view their memories on their phones but also transmit them directly into their brains. By closing their eyes, users re-experience memories and a "Neuralink Mode" was introduced, complementing "Phone Mode." In this mode, users control their experience using hand gestures and eye tracking, similar to those in Apple's Vision Pro.

Hi-Fis

Moving on to the high-fidelity prototypes, the app started to take shape. By integrating user feedback into the design, the final version came to include the following features:

  • Removed AI visuals: Simplified technology by omitting AI visuals and costly 3D adaptations.
     

  • Fullscreen display: Offered a full-screen experience using the user's eyes as lenses.
     

  • Black background: Selected black for its versatility and adaptability to various contents, similar to photo apps.
     

  • UI elements update: Enhanced UI with a transparent, blurred layer, 3D effects, and futuristic typography.
     

  • Redesigned recording button: Redesigned to a minimalistic white, featuring a transparent, pulsating effect when recording.
     

  • Neuralink logo: Strategically placed at the top to denote the connection to the brain implant.
     

  • Safety enhancement: Emphasized safety warnings for brain interface usage.
     

  • Futuristic content integration: Incorporated futuristic content to establish a high-tech visual tone for the app.

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Wanna see the full UX Design process?

Then visit Medium to discover more details about the research, the design process, and much more.

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