The students from the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering and from the subject ‘Project and Development III’ of the Simultaneous Studies Programme recently worked on a term project linked to sport and the two wheels. The aim of it was to link sensor systems to product design by working on a specific environment with real users via Design Thinking (to empathise, define, invent, make a prototype and evaluate).
The process started with the creation of work teams in class. One of the six cyclists was assigned to each team, and then the team started to work on the interview that they were going to do a few days later to their cyclists at Velòdrom d’Horta. After visiting the place and doing the interview within the empathising phase, the defining phase started in class. Afterwards, the inventing phase and the prototype phase took place and then, they finished the project by validating it with the users and the environment at Blume.
Products adapted to the singularities of the user
One of the key points of the project was that the students realised that the boys and girls they have worked with are young talents of youth sport. But at the same time, they are people who are living a stage in life when they experience a lot of personal and physical changes. With this premise, the developed products wanted to be sensitive to this singularity.
In this sense, performance data were treated in a subjective way in order not to generate frustration when comparing them with adult values. Helping them to safely train without falling or creating a system to improve trainer-trainee communication were also some of the issues discussed.
The final results of the project were presented at Blume and were tested at the garden of the hall with the cyclists, who positively reacted to the tests. It is worth stressing the help of Jaume Mas, current trainer of the cycling team and medal winner as former Olympic selection.