In collaboration with the UW Engineering teams, we created a cohesive aesthetic language with mood boards and concept sketches. We interviewed users of various public transit options to find pain points we could improve on.
Our goal was to make Hyperloop's rapid transit as comfortable and efficient as possible, utilizing near-future technology to empower users and promote community.
Hyperloop pods travel through solid, enclosed tubes — keeping passengers from viewing the outside world as they zip by and potentially causing claustrophobia. We wanted to solve this problem by implementing VR window displays to simulate windows into the outside world.
We also saw this as an opportunity to provide meaningful information and interactions as overlays over the displays. General travel information could be shown for each passenger, allowing for peace of mind and efficient travel planning.
We learned from our interviews that most people focus on no more than a couple unique and specific tasks while riding public transit (eg. checking emails, listening to podcasts, browsing Facebook, etc.) We wanted to incorporate this user flow into our interior experience by supplementing the universal VR displays with additional personal interfaces built for user-specific tasks.
Using mixed reality technology, this initial concept of mine projects icons and screens onto a physical desk space, providing an immersive and personalized experience for each user. This interface is built to maximize multi-task efficiency for a 30 minute ride.
We texturized and colored the interior to blend together seamlessly, highlighting the simulated outside view without competing highlights. Smooth, rounded faces complement the pod's swoopy, streamlined design.
Our virtual desk station concept ended up being a bit too conceptually forward-thinking, and was difficult to blend into the sleek, simplistic aesthetic of the rest of our design. Our role on the UWashington team was to supplement their prototype without taking the spotlight from what was an engineering-led competition. With this in mind, we reduced the footprint of the interface designs to blend in with and show off the rest of the pod design.
This design incorporates a similar mixed reality blackout curved background, while incorporating a faded gradient carousel to easily flip between apps.