Kinect companion mobile application for beginner yoga practitioners.
Remote learning has made building connections with fellow peers incredibly difficult. With all organizations, classes and jobs being completely remote, it’s really hard for students to feel connected and feel that sense of belonging with their university and student community. Especially for new students, it’s become even more difficult for them to become involved in campus organizations because there is a lack of direction for how they can go about doing this.
Oct. 2020 - Dec. 2020
Junshu Liu, Gurudutt Perichetla, Nikki Mehrjerdian
A mobile application to help make university clubs and events more accessible to students while also helping students meet and engage in conversations with one another remotely.
How might we create an engaging onboarding experience for new students to become more familiar with the university?
Users can select which type of program they would like to participate in and which best fits their schedule and goals.
Feedback & Progression
Providing users with data about their workouts and allowing them to review recordings of sessions to check progress over time while providing self-feedback.
Using the motion sensors of Kinect, the user's projection is displayed alongside the workout instructor, eliminating the need to use a mirror to observe posture during the workout.
How do people get involved with yoga?
Yoga is a popular and powerful physical, mental and spiritual practice that has many health benefits. However, based on the ethnographic research provided by a partner, it is evident that getting involved in traditional yoga can be a challenge for beginners, especially for busy and financially restricted college students. Through participating in two studio classes and interviewing class participants, my partner found that many beginners struggle to follow the instructor and constantly have to keep looking up from their positions to see how to hold a pose. This combined with lack of familiarity with yoga vocabulary and names caused frustration and hindered what participants hope to be a meditative experience.
Some additional findings from my partner's research included:
Constantly trying to catch up by peeking at other participants, which resulted in inaccuracy of postures
Feeling alone and embarrassed as the only beginner in class
Uncertainty about progress as there was no feedback from class instructor
Concern about being able to continue practice as studio classes are very costly and timely
What are some existing yoga programs designed for beginners?
After analyzing findings from the field research, I conducted a competitive analysis to see what options are available for yoga beginners that don't include studio classes and how they address some of the highlighted issues.
MIRROR Interactive Fitness
Allows users to follow along workout while watching the instructor and themselves at the same time
Customizable and adjustable to meet user's fitness goals
Very expensive ($1,495)
Mobile apps and YouTube videos
Most mobile applications offer limited access to free content
Paid content is typically around $5+ per month
YouTube has hundreds of free video content aimed at beginners, however they're not
The downside to both mobile apps and videos is that the user is not able to customize their experience and
They also have to follow along through a tv, laptop or mobile device without being able to focus on their own form